The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City. “We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Jacquelyn Parrish, president of the Great Plains Literacy Council, at the presentation. “The literacy council believes in sponsoring free educational literacy services to adults, but it does take funds to operate this beneficial program.” The Great Plains Literacy Council’s proposal includes plans to combine health education and English language learning during tutoring sessions. This project will target adult learners who have English as a Second Language (ESL).
Established in September 1985, the Great Plains Literacy Council has a strong history of operation. The mission of the Council is to provide basic adult literacy services in Jackson County and Harmon County. The Council offers one-to-one tutoring and small group tutoring to meet the individual needs. During the past year, there were a total of 137 students reached with various educational needs through the help of 35 volunteer tutors through this literacy program. “The Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to actively work to improve the quality of life in selected rural Oklahoma communities,” stated John Horschler, Shamrock Bank President. “The Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has different grant programs that promote education, community appearance, economic development and art and the humanities.”
The Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation targets the Oklahoma communities of Coalgate, Caddo, Clayton, Mountain View, Apache, Atoka, Caney, Durant, Altus and Wapanucka. Since its inception, the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded over $800,000 in grants to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.