The Literacy Commons at the University of North Carolina atPembroke received a $25,000,3-year grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The Ribbon of Hope Grant is intended to offer organizations a one-time opportunity to expand and/or enhance existing programs or provide seed funds for a new initiative.This grant will allow the Literacy Commons to expand their efforts to promote literacy across the UNCP service region, and specifically in K-12 schools. Specifically, funding from this grant will allow the Literacy Commons to provide year-long tutor-mentor services to third graders in up to three schools in the local community. The tutor-mentor services will focus on literacy development, reading and writing remediation specifically. At the conclusion of each year, students’ efforts will be recognized through a celebratory event and the publication of an literary magazine highlighting their original work. For more information, including the full press release, please click here.
In year 1 of this 3-year grant, The Literacy Commons is partnering with Oxendine Elementary School. In years 2 and 3 of this grant, the Literacy Commons will expand its reach by offering tutor-mentoring services in 2 additional schools in the Public Schools of Robeson County.
Oxendine Elementary School
The Literacy Commons is currently providing tutor-mentors to 3rd grade students at Oxendine Elementary School. The tutor-mentoring services were originally scheduled to begin in fall 2016. However, due to a number of reasons, including local devastation from the hurricane in October, the project began in January 2017. The services for this academic year will concluded in May and resume in August for year 2 of the grant.
Jacklyn Locklear-Tutor Supervisor
THE VOICE Literary Magazine
The Voice is a literary magazine funded by the Ribbon of Hope Grant. The magazine aims to highlight the literary work of students enrolled in the participating elementary schools.
Call for Submissions (participating schools only; currently not accepting submissions)
The Voice, Vol 1. (Oxendine Elementary School)
Editor: Yonnas Kibret, UNCP Mass Communications Student