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Dollars doled out for adult literacy in the Northeast

Peace region and Northern Rockies organizations helping adult learners improve their reading received more than $168,000 from the provincial government last week.
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Peace region and Northern Rockies organizations helping adult learners improve their reading received more than $168,000 from the provincial government last week.

South Peace organizations received $69,354, while organizations north of the Peace received $98,931.

The money will benefit five organizations, including: the Dawson Creek Literacy Society ($29,600); Tumbler Ridge Public Library ($21,756); the Chetwynd Public Library ($17,998); the Fort St. John Literacy Society ($33,590); and the Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society with $33,580 for its family program, and another $31,761 for its adult program.

In all, $2.4 million adult literacy dollars have been earmarked for 75 B.C. communities throughout 2015-16.

The above non-profit community groups offer free literacy training in schools, Aboriginal friendship centres and community centres, where adults with low-literacy abilities receive one-on-one instruction with trained volunteers.

“These community-based literacy partnerships help adult learners gain confidence and build the learning foundation they need to follow their dreams,” South Peace MLA Mike Bernier said in a statement.