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Grant boosts literacy efforts
Adults learn language, work toward GEDs
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Forsyth County News

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Literacy Forsyth was one of about 300 literacy organizations nationwide to receive a grant from Dollar General Store’s Literacy Foundation.

The local nonprofit works in conjunction with Lanier Technical College’s adult education program to help adults learn to read and write and earn their GEDs.

It also has classes to assist adults whose first language is not English better learn the language.

Annaliza Thomas, executive director of Literacy Forsyth, said the grant funding, which the organization has received for several years, is used in a number of ways.

“This year we received $4,000 for the program and we use that in our tutoring and adult basic education program that we offer at night,” she said.

Through the grant funding, Literacy Forsyth is able to offer evening classes to students who can’t attend the day program at Lanier Tech.

This summer, Thomas said, those will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy.

It also helps with one-on-one tutoring for adults who are learning to read and write for the first time.

“It’s one of our most important grants,” Thomas said.

According to the retailer’s Web site, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of the retailer’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with just a third-grade education.

Turner, the son of a farmer, dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident. With determination and hard work, he began what has since become a large and successful company.