Sussex Tech literacy program receives grant

July 2, 2013

Sussex Tech Family Literacy Program is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the 2013 FACES Program of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support Program is designed to find and fund smaller, overlooked projects in neighborhoods. Grants are limited to nonprofit organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or less.

The Sussex Tech Family Literacy Program is a school-community partnership that strives to improve the literacy skills of low-income and low-literacy families by providing classes in adult ESL and early childhood education, monthly parenting workshops and literacy activities.

The Family Literacy Program of Bridgeville has been in operation for the last 11 years. The Sussex Tech Adult Division partners with Woodbridge School District, Seaford School District and the Laverty Lane housing development to serve adult English as a second language students and their children.

The FACES grant will enable the Family Literacy Program to hire early childhood teachers and paraprofessionals. Receiving the FACES grant helps the Family Literacy Program meet the needs of a growing ESL population in Sussex County to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

Alison Tingle, coordinator of the Sussex Tech Family Literacy Program, accepts the Freeman Grant from Patti Grimes, executive director, Joshua M. Freeman Foundation; and Melissa Rizer, administrative associate, Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Shown are (l-r) Tingle, Grimes and Rizer.

For more information about the Family Literacy Program, call 302-856-9035 or go to To contact the Freeman Foundation, go to