AUGUSTA – The Barbara Bush Foundation for family Literacy recently awarded $234,995 to Maine Family Literacy Initiative programs in 15 Maine communities.

Eight winning grants of approximately $25,000 were chosen this year from applications submitted by libraries, community-based organizations, colleges, adult education, and public schools across the state to implement family literacy programs.

Local programs that received awards include the Rural Community Action Ministry in Leeds and the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico.

RCAM will identify and convene community partners, local literacy stakeholders, and literacy consumers from Androscoggin, Oxford, and Kennebec counties to develop family literacy goals.

Region 9 School of Applied Technology will create a cross-generational literacy rich program prior to the opening of their new early childhood program in 2008.

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