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Dyslexia Education at Mississippi College Receives $3,000 Dollar General Grant

September 13, 2013

A $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will provide a nice boost to Mississippi College’s Dyslexia Education Center.

“This grant will enable the students to efficiently demonstrate their knowledge of subject matter through assistive technology,” said center director Jan Hankins. “They will be able to take notes more quickly and legibly, therefore allowing them to focus more on what’s being taught.”

The center serves 15 students on MC’s Clinton campus and others in the Clinton public schools.

“We’re excited about it (the grant),” Hankins said Friday.

Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations to assist more than 4.8 million people to enhance their literacy skills or upgrade their education. The organization awarded $3,800 to the Mississippi College dyslexia center in 2012 to purchase computers and educational technology to promote remediation efforts.

Dollar General Corporation operates more than 10,600 retail stores in 40 states.

The MC center gives dyslexic youth the skills to succeed and enables them to become life-long learners. The center provides assistance with reading, writing and spelling skills.

At the moment, staffers at the Mississippi College center are preparing for a dyslexia education conference this fall.

On October 9, the center is hosting a series of meetings at Anderson Hall on the Clinton campus. About 150 parents, teachers, and administrators from around the Magnolia State are invited. The conference begins at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Jan Hankins at 601.925.7766 or Hankins@mc.edu.

Photo: Mississippi College Dyslexia Education Director Jan Hankins

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