Murray Announces Over $530,000 for Columbia Basin College

Oct 03 2002

Federal grant will support literacy education for migrant families

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced a federal grant of $533,886 for the Columbia Basin College. Awarded under the Migrant Education Even Start Program, the funds will support the College's efforts to implement community-based family literacy services to migrant families in Connell and Basin City, Washington.

"Working as a community we can help families overcome language and literacy barriers. By teaching families to read we open doors for entire communities," Senator Murray said. "Reading is one of the most important skills that can be taught – it is the foundation upon which learning depends. I am proud that this grant will help families in Southeastern Washington."

The Migrant Education Even Start program is designed to help break the cycle of poverty and improve the literacy of participating families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy, and parent education into a unified family literacy program.

The Columbia Basin College in Pasco will partner with two school districts to provide reading services to migrant families. Seventy-five families in Connell and Basin City will receive home-based services, along with ongoing instruction in adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Families who perform seasonal work outside Connell and Basin City will receive self-directed learning packages to return to their program liaison, establishing regular, year-round, correspondence with the program, no matter where enrolled families travel to work.