GODFREY – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Lewis and Clark Community College a $10,000 grant to support family literacy.
The local grant award is part of more than $7.1 million in grants awarded to more than 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves.
“The purpose of family literacy is to break the cycle of inter-generational illiteracy by helping the parents see that they are their child’s first and most important teacher,” Family Literacy Coordinator Nancy Young said.
“Studies show that a child’s educational success is closely tied to that of their mother,” Family Literacy Educator Barbara Dorris said. “Improving the literacy skills of the parent will have an important impact on the child.”
Lewis and Clark’s Adult Education division has been involved in family literacy since 1991. The services include GED instruction, career exploration and development, parenting workshops, family visits with fun literacy activities, library events and support services.
To be eligible for the family literacy program, the adult caregiver must be in need of basic skills instruction and living with one or more children aged sixteen or under. For more information, call (618) 468-4111.
— From the Illinois Business Journal