Seeds Awarded $10k from Bank of America

Cleveland, OH (4-16-2019) – Bank of America has awarded Seeds of Literacy $10,000 in financial support.

“Funds from Bank of America will support our individualized student instruction,” explained Bonnie Entler, Executive Director. “Adult basic ed is the on-ramp to workforce development. Last year, most new students entered Seeds with low skills: 67% entered reading below a 9th grade level, while 93% of entering students had math skills under a 9th grade level. 66% of new students lacked basic computer skills.”

Unlike other high school equivalency programs, Seeds will accept students who test under 9th grade math and reading.

“At these levels, students cannot enroll in workforce development programs, many of which require a HSE or testing with at least 9th grade reading and math levels,” she continued. “Without stronger literacy skills, adults are unable to find and maintain employment.”

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded 53 nonprofit organizations in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati areas nearly $1 million dollars in total.

“Addressing community needs through our philanthropic investments is just one way we deploy capital to help build a more sustainable community,” said Jeneen Marziani, Ohio State President, Bank of America. “We’re honored to partner with nonprofit organizations like Seeds of Literacy that are helping to advance economic and social progress, in particular for vulnerable populations.

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Seeds of Literacy is an award-winning adult literacy organization that provides FREE basic education and GED, TASC, and HiSET preparation to adults in the Cleveland area. One-to-one tutoring and open, ongoing enrollment are keys to the success of our students. Find out how you can fight illiteracy, the root cause of poverty  here. 

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