Rockingham County Literacy Project to Close

The Board of Directors of the Rockingham County Literacy Project announces it will close and cease operations on June 30, 2017.  With the changing landscape of funding for local literacy programs and organizations like the RCLP, the Board sees no way to maintain financial sustainability for the agency in the future.  While this has been a difficult decision, the Board feels it is in the best interest of staff, students and the community to end operations at the end of the current fiscal year.

Staff has been informed of this decision and will work with students for placement in other programs in Rockingham County to meet their literacy instruction needs.  In the coming months, the Board will dissolve the agency and disperse assets according to North Carolina statute.

The Board of Directors would like to express their deepest gratitude to the community, volunteers, donors, staff and students for making RCLP a success for over 30 years.  The Board especially would like to thank Jean Light Kinyon for her many years of leadership and dedication to the RCLP and the community as Executive Director.  Additionally, they thank current Executive Director, Carol Melvin, for her professionalism and commitment to seeing the RCLP end on a high note.  The Board appreciates the enthusiasm and hard work of staff and volunteers; they are a credit to the community.

Julie Talbert, Board Chair noted, “It’s never an easy choice to end a wonderful program like the Literacy Project, but sometimes it is more prudent to heed the signs and do the right thing. Rockingham County Literacy Project has provided a vital service to the most vulnerable in our community for so many years, and I am grateful to have been a part of this agency.”   She added, “I am also grateful to have worked with Jean and, most recently, Carol.  These women are a testament to the teaching profession and commitment to bettering our community, and I am glad to call them colleagues and friends.”