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A check for $5,000 from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City was presented in Altus recently. The local representatives for the Foundation are Shamrock Bank President John Horschler (left) and Vice President Mike Waggoner (right). They presented the $5,000 check to Great Plains Literacy Council member Nancy Evans.
A check for $5,000 from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City was presented in Altus recently. The local representatives for the Foundation are Shamrock Bank President John Horschler (left) and Vice President Mike Waggoner (right). They presented the $5,000 check to Great Plains Literacy Council member Nancy Evans.
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The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City.


“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Nancy Evans, Community Relations chair 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 expand citizenship and literacy education. This project will target adult learners who have English as a Second Language (ESL) and permanent residents who need to pass test with the Immigration Naturalization Service.


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 individual needs. During the past year, there were a total of 121 adult learners reached with various educational needs through the help of 30 volunteer tutors in this literacy program.


“The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded in 1995 to actively work to improve the quality of life in selected rural Oklahoma communities,” stated John Horschler, Shamrock Bank President. “The Foundation has grant programs that promote education, community appearance, economic development and art and the humanities.”


The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation targets the Oklahoma communities of Coalgate, Caddo, Clayton, Mountain View, Durant, Altus and Apache. Since its inception, over $831,000 in grants has been awarded to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.


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