Grant boosts Literacy Council's efforts

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The Twin Counties Literacy Council exists to give the gift of literacy to adult community residents who wish to improve their basic literacy skills.

The response to the organization’s efforts has been helpful and positive. Securing funds has always been a priority for the organization. During 2013, the council was able to benefit from two funding sources: the Fun Run for Charities and a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The grant enabled the purchase of literacy materials for the three local libraries for use during tutoring and for the hiring of tutor Trainer and Coordinator Ivana Stevens.

December brought the second Tutor Recognition Luncheon held at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro. Dr. Bertha Haynes, director of the council, stated that the organization is big on saying thank you and wants the dedicated tutors to know how much they are appreciated. The speaker for the occasion was Tarboro Mayor Rick Page. Fourteen tutors were recognized, along with Meredith Gorham, who was recognized as Tutor of the Year. Bill Parker, former chairman of the council’s board of directors, was presented a plaque of appreciation.

The Twin Counties Literacy Council invites the public to join the literacy effort. Find out more about the organization’s services by visiting or by calling 877-398-5576 or 252-442-1511.