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Literary group receives award

March 04, 2001

Literary group receives award



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle from Martinsburg has announced that it has been awarded a $2,223 grant from the Laubach Literacy National Book Scholarship Fund.

The grant will be used to purchase New Readers Press books and instructional materials to help coordinate the literacy program and to ensure that each student has the necessary workbooks and supplies, a spokeswoman said.

Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle is a non-profit organization housed in the Berkeley County Public Library. Its mission is to train and support community volunteers in the delivery of free, confidential literacy services to adults who want to improve their reading skills and/or learn English as a second language, organizers said.

The NBSF grant was requested to provide uniform textbooks for 40 adult learners enrolled in a new Hispanic family literacy project launched in October, 2000, organizers said.

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Learners received instruction in classroom space provided by St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The program reports that these learners are mostly Hispanic young adults with small children who came to the area as migrant orchard workers and became permanent residents. Many have poverty-level incomes, or are not employed at all. The NBSF grant is providing each learner with their own workbook and materials, helping the program to ensure that all instructors are following the same curriculum, organizers said.

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