Verizon Grant Supports Durham Literacy Initiative

DURHAM, N.C. - The Little River Family Resource Center here is teaming up with Verizon and the Durham Literacy Center to improve literacy in the Latino community of northern Durham County.

The initiative is being funded in part by a grant of $14,454 to the Durham Literacy Council from Verizon Reads, a private charity associated with Verizon Communications. Verizon Reads derives its funding from donations made by Verizon's customers as they pay their phone bills.

"A strong America depends on a literate work force that's skilled and articulate," said Steve Toler, Verizon's external affairs vice president for North Carolina. "That's why we so strongly support literacy efforts throughout the country. I'm proud of the work of the Durham Literacy Council and the Little River Family Resource Center, and I'm particularly pleased that Verizon can lend some support to this very worthwhile endeavor."

The Little River Resource Center is providing literacy training at Holt Elementary School in Durham County to nearly 100 Latino children and their families. Training will also be conducted later this year at Littler River's center, located at 8307 Roxboro Road in Durham.

"We're thrilled to have this opportunity to be in partnership with Verizon, Holt School, the Latino parents, Smart Start and the Durham Literacy Council," said Dr. Kate Young, director of the Little River Family Resource Center. "This fills the present void in service to Latino children and their families. Verizon's grant will help these children who are struggling to learn English and succeed at their grade level."

Verizon is committed to being America's literacy champion. The company is conducting a national campaign to increase community awareness and to generate additional funding and support of literacy programs for adults, children and families. Working under the banner of Verizon Reads, the award-winning philanthropy program reaches out to the nearly 40 million Americans who have low literacy skills. For more information on Verizon Reads, visit www.VerizonReads.net.

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