BROOKINGS – Altrusa International of Brookings was honored to receive a grant from the Altrusa International Foundation on June 1. 

The “Connecting Communities through Literacy” grant awarded to the Brookings Altrusa club is funding English as Second Language (ESL) classes to Spanish speaking adults in the Brookings area. 

The classes are held weekly, and homework is often assigned. Over 25 people in the Brookings area are participating. 

The course consists of four sessions, each lasting eight weeks. The participants successfully completed their first session and continue to work hard to improve their English. 

The funds were used to purchase the coursebooks and other educational supplies. The classes are taught by volunteers, which includes an instructor as well as conversational partners and childcare providers. 

Brookings Altrusa Club President Joan Baker said grants of $250 to $4,000 are available through sponsoring Altrusa Clubs from the Altrusa International Foundation to improve the economic well-being and quality of life through the foundation’s commitment to community service and literacy. 

Established as a charitable corporation in 1962, the Altrusa International Foundation is committed to the service of goals and objectives of Altrusa International, Inc. Its sole purpose is to be an avenue through which Altrusans can assist Altrusa Clubs and other worthy organizations throughout the world, to carry out their programs of community service and assistance to those in need.

COURTESY OF: The Brookings Register

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