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Seeds of Literacy to Open New East Side Site at 13815 Kinsman Road

September 23, 2014

Seeds of Literacy (Seeds), an award-winning, nationally accredited adult literacy and GED preparation program, will open a new location on Cleveland’s east side at 13815 Kinsman Road, at the corner of East 139th Street and Kinsman. Classes will begin on September 24, 2014.

Seeds of Literacy has offered free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED® preparation to adult students since 1997. Each student learns at his or her own pace in a relaxed atmosphere. Seeds is the only nationally accredited literacy program in the region, and has student retention and graduation rates nearly twice the national average.  The program relies on the dedication of over 200 volunteer tutors who work with students individually.

“For years, neighborhood residents and nonprofit agencies have asked Seeds to open an east side location,” state Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy. “So many adults need our literacy services in order to get better jobs, go on to specialized training programs or higher education, and be able to better help their children in school.  We are very pleased to join the community.”
According to a study of adult literacy in Cleveland by the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, neighborhoods around Seeds’ new site have functional illiteracy rates ranging from 85-97%. Functional illiteracy means that a person has reading and math skills at a 3rd to 4th grade level, and may have trouble reading a utility bill, prescription directions, or bus schedule.

Seeds of Literacy East will hold weekly registration on Wednesdays and Thursdays for new students. Class sessions will be Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 11 am and 1 pm – 3 pm. There is a free, secure parking lot, building security, and bus stops nearby.

For more information about becoming a Seeds student or volunteer tutor, please call Seeds of Literacy for more information at 216.661.7950, or visit http://www.seedsofliteracy.org or facebook/seedsofliteracy.

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Seeds of Literacy is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency providing personalized education that empowers adults to succeed in their communities. In 2013, Seeds won the Anisfield-Wolf Award for outstanding nonprofit service, was named a best practice by Governor Kasich’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and Seeds graduate Maria Rodriguez won the National Dollar General Student of the Year Award.

Seeds of Literacy Receives $12,000 Grant From The Dollar General Literacy Foundation

June 5, 2014

This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Seeds of Literacy (Seeds) a $12,000 grant to support adult literacy.

“Funds from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will help us serve over 1,000 students this year,” states Bonnie Entler, Executive Director of Seeds of Literacy. “We are larger than the average high school, and most of our students are working toward their GED to go on to higher education, technical training, or a better job.“

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Seeds of Literacy offers free, one-to-one tutoring in basic education and GED preparation to adults. Classes are year-round, and students may register every week. Over 200 volunteer tutors help students with math, social studies, science, and language arts; Seeds also offers a digital literacy certificate for computer skills requested by employers. Seeds is the only nationally accredited literacy agency in the region, and won the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Outstanding Nonprofit Service. It is featured on Governor Kasich’s Bright Ideas Ohio website.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About Seeds of Literacy
Seeds of Literacy is a nonprofit, 501(C)3 organization providing personalized education that empowers adults to succeed in their communities.  It is the only adult literacy organization in Cuyahoga County to be nationally accredited by ProLiteracy, and was the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner for Outstanding Nonprofit Service.  For more information, visit seedsofliteracy.org or www.facebook.com/seedsofliteracy

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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