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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON CO. DONATES $10,000 TO COMPTON APPLIED SCHOLASTICS LITERACY AND LEARNING PROGRAM

 COMPTON, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison presented a check for $10,000 today to help former gang members, homeless men and at-risk youth learn how to read and learn through a unique program that trains people in the Compton community as tutors.
 Bill W. Thomas, area manager for Southern California Edison, presented the funds to Applied Scholastics International President Ian Lyons at Truevine Missionary Baptist Church in Compton.
 Thomas issued this statement as he presented the check: "The Southern California Edison Company is proud to be a sponsor of the literacy program being conducted by Applied Scholastics International and the Truevine Baptist Church. This partnership and their grassroots approach to training has produced some impressive results. This is an excellent example of private, corporate and community organizations working together to address a significant deficit in our society -- illiteracy. We at Edison support and applaud their efforts."
 Applied Scholastics International and the World Literacy Crusade launched the learning and literacy program 18 months ago to tackle the illiteracy underlying the problems of civil unrest, drug abuse, unemployment and homelessness. Applied Scholastics provides the curriculum -- study methods developed by American author, humanitarian and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. The community sponsor of the program is the World Literacy Crusade, founded by Pastor John O. Hopkins of Truevine Church; the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson of the Genesys Community Outreach program; and Fred Shaw Jr., former Compton deputy sheriff.
 One man in the program says his former drug abuse and homelessness were caused by his inability to read. Through the Applied Scholastics Learning and Literacy Program, he learned to read and write, and says his greatest pleasure is being able to read books to his children, something he cold not do 18 months ago.
 The program teaches reading and learning skills to young people and adults in the Compton and Lynwood areas and then teaches them to tutor others. "As more sponsors are found," said Lyons, "we will employ the people who have been trained in the program to run it full-time, creating new jobs here in the community."
 With continued support from companies like Southern California Edison, Johnson and Hopkins foresee expanding the program to other southern Los Angeles communities in the near future and eventually to other inner-city communities around the country as well.
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 /CONTACT: Ian Lyons of Applied Scholastics, 213-962-2907/


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