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LEAAP Center receives addition to endowment grant

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Mike Lawson President of the Clay County Community Foundation, presents a $92,220 check to Clay Community School Board of Trustees President Brian Atkinson, for the continued services provided by the LEAAP (Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers) Center and Cumberland Academy. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
In 2001 the Lilly Endowment, Inc., awarded a $5 million Community Alliance to Promote Education (CAPE) grant to the Clay Community Schools and the Clay County Community Foundation to improve literacy in Clay County.

The grant was received to improve literacy in Clay County, which was identified as the highest educational need by a task force of school and community members.

In 2005, the Lilly Endowments awarded an $800,000 extension to continue with the improvements to literacy in Clay County.

At the Jan. 8 meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees, Mike Lawson President of the Clay County Community Foundation presented a check to President Brian Atkinson in the amount of $92,220 to the school corporation.

"We are most grateful for this endowment fund which helps to make it possible to sustain the programs at Cumberland Academy and the LEAAP (Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers) Center," Coordinator Mary Yelton told The Brazil Times.

The money from the endowment will be used mainly for salaries, benefits, professional development and other operational cost for both buildings.

The mission of the CAPE Grant is to improve reading skills, communication skills and employment opportunities, which will give every citizen the chance to better their lives.

"These are both worthwhile investments and programs that benefit the entire Clay County Community," Cumberland Academy Principal Lisa Showalter said.

By offering access to higher education programs through IVY Tech or the Even Start family literacy program improving literacy in Clay County means better jobs for Clay County residents additional income and a better quality of life for all.



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