NC Community College System Presents EL/Civics Grant to RCLP

            The Rockingham County Literacy Project has received a $12,548 EL/Civics Grant from the North Carolina Community College System. The Literacy Project is a nonprofit charitable and educational corporation that provides basic reading, writing, and math skills instruction, as well as instruction in English and GED subjects, to the adults of Rockingham County who are in need of these skills. About 4.5% of Rockingham County’s population belong to a race other than Caucasian or African American; another 5.2% are Hispanic or Latino. Possibly as many as 10% speak a language other than English at home, making it difficult for them to find a job or otherwise function effectively in our English-speaking society.

            The RC Literacy Project is offering free EL/Civics classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00–7:00 p.m, beginning Monday, February 22. Interested students are invited to attend an Open House on Monday, February 15, at either 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon or 5:00–6:00 p.m., at the Literacy Project office, 705-A Washington Street, Eden.

            Students will learn how to understand, speak, read, and write English. They will also learn about civics and citizenship (including U.S. history, government, banking and finance, health, the legal system, education, community resources, career development, and consumer education). Adult students will work with tutors for four hours per week, with materials provided free of charge by the Literacy Project.

            Lead instructor for this EL/Civics program is Holly Hoover; tutors are Davene Girtman and Iris Sutcliffe.

            For more information or to pre-register, call Jean Light Kinyon, Executive Director, Rockingham County Literacy Project, at 627-0007, or e-mail her at jkinyon@rcliteracyproject.org.