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Literacy group receives grant

Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy on Monday was awarded a $4,615 grant by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded to support adult literacy.

”This generous gift will allow our school to provide needed literacy training to those adults that lack basic literacy skills to fulfill their responsibilities at home, at work and throughout the community,” said Dee Carroll, director of Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy. “We are very appreciative of the intent by Dollar General and the opportunity we have to help fulfill the lives of those affected.”

Through the grant, Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy will be able to continue its efforts at no cost to the individual, with literacy program and preparation classes for the GED test and citizenship requirements, Carroll said.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

CCVL provides educational programs directed to the student needing adult basic education in literacy skills. Programs to educate students in the English language also are offered, as well as math skills.

Satellite programs available in Alma and Mountainburg offer program access to students in rural Crawford County. Classes are offered 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings to accommodate students’ schedules.

Fore more information, contact the CCVL at (479) 474-4594.

Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

Crawford County Volunteers for Literacy is located at 513 Main St. in Van Buren. CCVL has been actively involved in adult literacy training in Crawford County for 28 years.

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