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Literacy Bitterroot receives $200,000 grant from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation to help ease budget shortfall

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October 31, 2017View for printing

Literacy Bitterroot has received a $200,000 grant from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation to provide stability while the educational organization finds another funding source or gets their state and federal grants back through the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Dixie Stark is the executive director of Literacy Bitterroot, which is nearly 30 years old. The successful program teaches adults reading, writing and math to help them pass a High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) that replaced the General Educational Development (GED) in Montana.

"We appreciate the generation gift from the Rob and Terry Foundation to replace our state and federal money that we lost, through no fault of our own, for three years," Stark said. "Our budget varies between $125,000 to $135,000 a year, and our grant of $65,000 from state and federal funding was half of our budget."

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Reader Comments:

Once again Rob and Terry Ryan have come through to support a very important element of the education system of the Bitterroot.

Their ongoing support of Bitterroot Literacy should be a standard by which others use their resources to support this and similar organizations.

Thanks to Rob and Terry, the Bitterroot is an even richer and more fulfilling place to live, learn and succeed.

Thank you Rob and Terry.

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