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Sandburg Receives $10,000 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

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July 16, 2013
GALESBURG—Carl Sandburg College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition.

The majority of the funds will be used for instructional books and materials for training volunteer tutors. The foundation also allows $500 for transportation expenses to go directly to enrolled adult learners.

The Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition provides trained volunteer tutors for adults who are 17 and older, not in public school and test below ninth-grade level. Areas of tutoring include reading, writing, spelling, math, job skills, English as a second language and U.S. citizenship. Tutoring, books and materials are free of charge. Last year, the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition assisted 298 people through classroom tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring and book clubs in the Sandburg district, covering all or parts of 10 counties in west-central Illinois.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a complete list of grant recipients or grant application deadline information, please visit

For more information, contact Karen Avalos, Carl Sandburg College literacy project coordinator, at 309.344.1631 or