Ribbon of Hope Grant

The Literacy Commons at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke 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, read the full press release below.


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

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.


  • Cierra Chavis
  • Alexia Flythe
  • Tia Green
  • Ivana Peterson
  • 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.

(currently not accepting submissions)

Editor: Yonnas Kibret, UNCP Mass Communications Student