According to Paulette Harris, director of ASU’s Literacy Center, the current resources in the Literacy Center are both limited and outdated. “We normally don’t have enough computers available for our students to use, and if a computer is available, it may not have the appropriate software because of the incompatibility,” said Harris.
In addition to the new computers, Harris says the $20,544 grant received from Bi-Lo Charities will provide funding for laptops, printers, a wireless router, and software for training tutors as well as tutoring sessions. It also will support the center’s project, Feeding the Minds of Children and their Families, through the purchase of nutritious snacks for the children and family members who accompany clients to the sessions.
The $2,500 gift received from the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will also support the center’s efforts in targeting target General Educational Diploma (GED) tutoring for environmental and health sciences.
Harris says the funding will also allow them to add an electronic kiosk, which will be used in the Literacy Center’s lending library for checking out books, CDs, and DVDs. The kiosk also will be used to promote upcoming events and literacy services.
ASU’s Literacy Center provides free year-round individual tutoring to children, adolescents, and adults throughout the area. Free tutoring is provided by retired teachers, trained volunteers, and students from ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University.
For more information, contact Danielle Harris, media relations specialist in ASU’s Office of Public Relations and Publications, at 706-737-1876.