Bi-Lo Charities has awarded Augusta State University’s Literacy Center with a $28,000 grant. The charity presented the gift on Oct. 4, making this the second year the literacy center has been awarded funding from the organization.
“We are very pleased to have received another grant from the Bi-Lo Charity Grants program,” said Paulette Harris, director of ASU’s Literacy Center and Cree-Walker Chair in the College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Special Education. “In the center, we are doing our best to take a 21st century approach to literacy, and this funding will help us move forward in our endeavors.”
According to Harris, this gift will provide funding to various aspects of the center including the expansion of tutoring services, the center’s lending library, the Patchwork plays hosted by the center, and growing the interest of research opportunities at the center.
The grant 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.
ASU’s Literacy Center provides free year-round individual tutoring to children, youth, and adults throughout the area. Free tutoring is provided by ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University students and retired teachers.