State grant helps Kish literacy program

Kishwaukee College in Malta has received a $45,000 adult volunteer literacy grant from the office of Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.

White awarded nearly $5.5 million in literacy grants for fiscal year 2014 to nearly 200 organizations around the state that help adult students develop their reading, math, writing and language skills.

“I will do all I can to ensure that every citizen of this state has access to quality literacy programs,” White said.

Nearly 22,000 students are served by adult literacy programs around the state. More than 8,500 volunteer tutors provide training to put students on the path to lifelong learning. Adult volunteer literacy grants provide training for volunteers who tutor adults older than 16 in basic reading, math, writing or language skills. Participating providers may include libraries, volunteer organizations, community-based organizations, community colleges, regional offices of education, schools, preschool programs, school districts, domestic-violence shelters and correctional facilities.

People interested in becoming volunteer tutors can contact the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline at 1-800-321-9511 or the Kishwaukee College Literacy Program at 815-825-2086, ext. 3200.

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