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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RECEIVES GRANT FOR PRISON LITERACY PROJECT

 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RECEIVES GRANT FOR PRISON LITERACY PROJECT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Education has received a $49,995 grant from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to fund a project to improve reading skills of fathers in Northampton County Prison and their children.
 "This innovative project -- to be conducted in cooperation with Northampton County Community College -- will work to break intergenerational patterns of illiteracy by bringing direct instruction to incarcerated fathers and their children in the community," said Education Secretary Donald M. Carroll.
 In each of four 10-week cycles, 12 fathers will receive instruction in parenting skills and adult basic education, English as a second language, or preparation for General Educational Development diplomas.
 Fathers will send audio and video cassettes to their children and engage in literacy-related activities during visitations. Tutors will work with the children after school.
 The project is one of 13 proposals selected for funding by the private foundation from a field of 600 applications.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Elfring of the Department of Education, 717-783-9802/ CO: Department of Education ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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