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      Local literacy center receives grant award

      One local literacy center has been awarded grant money to assist with adult education and student tutoring programs.

      The Family Literacy Center in Macon has been approved for $138,157 in grant money to spend over the next three years. The grant was awarded by The Neighborhood Assistance Program and The Missouri Department of Economic Development. The center's purpose is to help adults improve their basic reading, math, and writing skills necessary to obtain high school equivalency, find a better job, enter college, or begin a technical training program. All of the services are provided at no cost to the students.

      "What we found is that people who need to increase their literacy skill or need to complete getting their high school equivalency, it's hard for them to travel outside of the community they are already in, so they need someplace local that they feel comfortable with," said Lydia McClellan, Adult Education Director for Macon County R-I Schools.

      The Literacy Center also provides tutoring to students who are preparing for college entrance exams.