The Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and Altrusa International of Oak Ridge recently presented grant awards from the Literacy 4 Lunch Grant Award Program.
Lack of literacy skills continues to be a serious problem in the lives of many of our East Tennessee neighbors and for many throughout the world, a press release said.
“Non-readers and below-grade readers cannot realize their full potential in life, which in turn adversely affects our local and national economies and society in general,” the release said.
To address these needs, the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and Altrusa International of Oak Ridge co-sponsor an annual fundraiser, Lunch 4 Literacy. Proceeds from the March 2014 event that featured Denise Kiernan, author of “The Girls of the Atomic City,” provide the financial basis for these grants.
The target area for these grants is Anderson and Roane County organizations that have programs, projects, or activities that foster literacy.
The grant selection committee annually is composed of members from both the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and Altrusa International of Oak Ridge.
Once again, the grant requests exceeded the available funding, the release said. However, the committee distributed more than $20,000 in grants.
The grant recipients are:
- Emory Valley Early Learning Center,
- Girls Inc.,
- Glenwood Elementary School,
- Linden Elementary School,
- Midtown Elementary School Library,
- Norris Middle School,
- Roane Imagination Library,
- TORCH, and
- Willow Brook Elementary School.