The Great Plains Literacy Council is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation in Oklahoma City.
“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” said Ryan Howard, newly-elected president of the Great Plains Literacy Council, at the presentation. “The literacy council believes in sponsoring free educational literacy services to our families, but it does take funds to operate this beneficial program. Some of the grant will purchase current citizenship and English language curriculum for immigrants seeking to pass the citizenship test.
The Great Plains Literacy Council’s proposal includes plans for the expansion of citizenship and literacy needs, especially in Altus. This project will target adult learners who have English as a Second Language (ESL) and permanent residents who need to pass the Immigration Naturalization Service test with an understanding of the English language while learning the rights and responsibilities of citizens in the United States.
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, 12 adult learners with the literacy council obtained their US citizenship. There were a total of 100 students reached with various educational needs through the help of 36 volunteer tutors.
“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 Mr. Horschler. “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, Durant, and Altus. Since its inception, the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in grants to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.