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OTC Receives Grant from Dollar General

Sharon Matejka, Charlton County Adult Literacy Instructor (L to R); David Springsteen, Dollar General Store Manager; Lynn Crews, Charlton County Family Connection CEO; and Natalie Hannans, Advisory Chairperson; look at notebooks made possible by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The $4,000 grant was awarded to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in 2007 for the Charlton County Adult Education program.

The money from the grant was used to purchase textbooks and student supplies that can be “checked out” to students, according to Matejka. “This is just one strategy that Mrs. Matejka uses to break down potential barriers that prohibit students from learning and earning their GED,’ noted Cindy Tanner, Executive Director of the OTC Foundation. Dollar General Grant

Dollar General’s commitment to literacy began with the co-founder, J.L. Turner. Turner had just a third grade education but was able to overcome tremendous odds and build the company now known as the Dollar General Corporation. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 and has increased the functional literacy of adults by providing grants to non-profit organizations for the advancement of literacy.

Adult Education Director, Pete Mills, was not able to attend the presentation, but expressed his gratitude to Dollar General, Springsteen, Hannans, Crews, and Mrs. Matejka for their efforts in helping students reach their educational goals.

Charlton County Adult Education registration hours are 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on scheduled or designated Mondays. For more information, please contact Sharon Matejka at (912) 496-4941.

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