Posted on February 24, 2017 21:01
River Valley Reads, an adult literacy program, has received the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association’s Jim Dana Literacy Award along with a $500 grant.
The program was nominated by Nathan Montoya, of Village Lights Bookstore, who is on the Association’s board of directors.
Tracy Geglein, adult literacy coordinator for the program, said the money from the grant will go to incentives for students to keep up with their progress. For students reading at a fifth grade level or lower, Geglein said, each new goal they reach will give them a chance at a drawing for gift cards that will be purchased with the grant.
For every meeting with a tutor, complete homework assignment or personal goal met, a student will have another chance to win the monthly drawing.
A $25 Walmart gift card might be an extra motivator when “life gets in the way.”
Along with gift cards, a portion of the grant will go towards advertising for the program.
Montoya said his nomination of River Valley Reads for the annual award was natural as the program “benefits book culture.”
Reads, a non profit operating under the umbrella of River Valley Resources, offers free adult education classes to help prepare students for testing to earn a high school equivalency diploma. River Valley Reads also hosts the Little Free Library program across Jefferson County.
Montoya met with Geglein on Tuesday to present her with the check from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.