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Reading is a Superpower! 2015 Summer Reading Camp


Registration is open for “Reading is a Superpower!”, the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project's 2015 Summer Reading Camp for 6-12 year olds. The camp is set for June 15-18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main Street in Batesville.

Student story: Happy about learning!

OFLP student Dely shared with us:

"A couple of years ago, I filled out the application to be a student of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Later, I got a call telling me they found a tutor for me. It was the most happy day I ever have, because I met Jan, my tutor. We spent many months working together, and I learned a lot of English. She was wonderful. I love this project!"

Success story: An American Dream

One of the best aspects of literacy tutoring is seeing a student reach a goal. Here's one of our favorite success stories, from former AmeriCorps members, Matthew Carpenter.

house"One of my English students had a dream to own a rent house. He said he wanted an easy job, compared to his job working at a chicken plant. He talked about different "easy jobs," like doing garbage pickup, driving, or yard maintenance.

OFLP closed Monday, Feb. 16

Due to winter weather, OFLP will be closed Monday, Feb. 16.

Ozark Foothills Literacy Project Hosts Open House

Open House Feb 15 9:30a
The Literacy Project will host an Open House at its office at 608 Water Street, Batesville, on Sunday, February 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

AmeriCorps positions 2014-15

AmeriCorps logo

Ozark Foothills Literacy Project Seeks AmeriCorps Members

The Literacy Project serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence Counties, providing free tutoring for adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. The Literacy Project relies on AmeriCorps members and volunteer tutors to provide these services. AmeriCorps is a federal program that encourages community service and education.

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Literacy Project Holding Food and Coat Drive in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014

MLK Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014,Ozark Foothills Literacy Project AmeriCorps members are holding a food/coat drive to help local non-profits in Sharp and Independence Counties.

Items needed:

  • non-perishable food items
  • coats
  • blankets
  • diapers
  • baby bottles
  • personal hygiene items
  • or cash donations.

With the cold temperatures and employment challenges in the area, any and all help is greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted through January 20th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In Independence County, donations will go to support Help & Hope and Family Violence Prevention. Items can be dropped off at:

Through Friday, Jan. 17:
  • Independence County Library, 368 E Main St., Batesville, through Friday, Jan. 17th

Through Monday, Jan. 20:

  • Ozark Foothills Literacy office, 500 East Main Street, Suite 209, Batesville, AR,
  • Believers Community Church, 3645 N. St. Louis St., Batesville, (Drop off hours: 6pm to 8pm Wednesday & Friday, 8am to 12pm Sunday.)

In Sharp County, please call Christy at 870-710-0779 for pickup information. Donations will be accepted through January 20th. Sharp County Donations will go to support New Beginnings and Sacs Shelter.

Literacy Project AmeriCorps Member Wins 2013 J.C. Babbs Award

Armida Stokes, 2013 Babbs award winner
The oldest state office of volunteerism and community service in the nation kicked off another year of service at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock on October 24. At the AmeriCorps Grand Opening Ceremony last week, the Arkansas Service Commission awarded AmeriCorps member Armida Stokes the 2013 Dr. J.C. Babbs, Sr. Award for outstanding community service. Batesville native Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, gave the keynote address.

Stokes, an AmeriCorps member with the Batesville-based Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, was selected for the honor from more than 400 AmeriCorps members statewide. Babbs award winners exemplify the goals and ideals of the AmeriCorps program by giving much to their organization and the community in which they serve. Stokes provides one-on-one English tutoring for a dozen students, who she teaches how to speak to doctors, employers and children's teachers. In addition to teaching English, she helps organize “Comunidades Latinas” meetings for Spanish speakers, she translates for Believers' Community Church's Christian Health Clinic, and she volunteers for a number of other community organizations as needs arise.

AmeriCorps, also known as the domestic Peace Corps, engages Americans of all ages in service opportunities each year. Started under President Bill Clinton through the National and Community Service Act in 1994, the AmeriCorps program is approaching its 20th anniversary. Each AmeriCorps member dedicates a year or more of their lives in service to their communities and country. Members serve with local nonprofits and community agencies, where they have the opportunity to teach adults reading and English skills, make neighborhoods safer, teach children how to be healthier, respond to and assist in natural disasters, and other community service initiatives.

In Arkansas, AmeriCorps members have served over 80,000 people. Many of these AmeriCorps members serve with projects like Arkansas Reads, Foster Grandparents, Legal Aid of Arkansas, and Arkansas Future Teacher Initiative. Arkansas has AmeriCorps programs operating in all of its 75 counties. More than $2 million is brought into the state through federal funds.

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project has three AmeriCorps members under the auspices of the Arkansas Reads project. 2013-14 members are Armida Stokes of Batesville, Samantha Stokes of Batesville, and Christina Himschoot of Ash Flat. The Literacy Project's AmeriCorps positions are funded in large part by the United Way of Independence County.

The Literacy Project serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence Counties, providing free tutoring for adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. The Literacy Project relies on trained volunteer tutors and AmeriCorps members to provide these services. The Literacy Project is a United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network of adult literacy organizations. For more information, please contact the 870-793-5912 or

Ozark Foothills Literacy Project Seeks Office Staff, Tutors


Older Americans looking for work, take note: Experience Works. The federal senior citizen job training and placement program seeks workers in Independence County. The Experience Works program is able to help more seniors acquire the skills they need to land part-time work in a variety of settings. In Batesville, the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project seeks two part-time Experience Works workers to assist with office tasks and tutoring students.

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