Washington County SOAR! awarded Dollar General literacy grant PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

More than 500,000 Indiana adults ages 18-64 have less than a high school diploma and approximately 20,000 high school dropouts add to that number every year. Many of the dropouts disliked school because they struggled with reading. In Washington County alone, about 1 in 6 adults is unable to read well enough to handle his/her own mail, read the newspaper, or fill out a job application without assistance.
That’s where Washington County SOAR! comes in. SOAR! offers free one-on-one reading tutoring to adults. Currently there are around 35 students enrolled in individual tutoring with SOAR!
A recent grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation will enable SOAR! to increase the number of students served.
The grant of $14,851.35 is earmarked for recruiting students, training additional volunteer tutors, providing tutors and students with resources and materials, and expanding the family literacy outreach program.
Marji Morris, SOAR! director said, “We are thrilled to receive this grant. Many literacy organizations across the country compete for Dollar General Literacy Foundation funding.  It was an honor that Washington County SOAR! was selected. We are grateful to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation—and to all the local people who drop money in the box at our Dollar General store.”
Morris continued, “That doesn’t mean that our funding needs have been met, however. This grant is very specific. The funds must be used to expand and improve the program in the ways we specified in the application. We still need funding to continue our day to day operations.
The expansion target is to help 25 additional students improve their reading, math or English skills. SOAR! offers tutoring in basic reading, advanced reading, writing, math, job skills, pre-GED and English as a Second Language. Part of the grant funding will be used for consumable materials to allow the students to continue their studies at home.
The grant will also help defer the cost of printing of tutor manuals, brochures, and family literacy suggestions, as well as purchasing books for use with the family literacy component of the program.
“Right now we can only tutor adults,” Morris noted, “but we realize that the more we can encourage young people to read, the higher the literacy rate will be in our county in the future. So, although we can’t tutor youth, we will expand our outreach efforts through this grant to put books into their hands and a love of reading into their hearts.”
Jill DuChemin, president of the SOAR! board added, “We are delighted to receive this grant. Because SOAR! has no guaranteed income stream, much of our time and energy has been directed toward fundraising. We were unable to devote the necessary efforts to reach more students. The DGLF grant will help us do that.”

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:16
 
Salem awarded $618,100 for reconstruction of Shelby Street PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) recently awarded the City of Salem $618,100 in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Group III funds.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:14
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Recycle Your Sneakers, Help A Family PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

Looking to get rid of your old sneakers? Help the YMCA of Harrison County lift a family out of poverty by donating your used athletic sneakers and soccer cleats. Through the Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation (PPPF) Africa, a bottom up approach to eradicating poverty and rainforest preservation, the Y is collecting used or new, not abused, athletic shoes, size seven and up, and soccer cleats of all sizes to donate to PPPF.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:18
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Community of Christians yard sale will be July 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

There will be a yard sale fundraiser for Community of Christians on Saturday, July 2 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. located at 1225 Regina Lane Corydon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:19
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Two local motorists injured in recent accidents on State Road 56 West PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

Two local motorists were listed as injured after being involved in separate accidents which both occurred on stretches of State Road 56 West recently.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:22
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