A West Central Illinois county was recently a part of a literacy challenge completed by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office announced that the Illinois Literacy Foundation recently completed the 10 Ton Challenge initiative by providing a book to every public schoolchild in the 10 lowest per capita income counties in Illinois.
The project concluded last month with 39 school districts receiving a total of over 26,000 books to share with enrolled students. These were given to students to take home and keep. Brown County was one of the ten counties who fell under the umbrella of the program.
White says the program hopes to provide access to literacy, library services, and a path for lifelong learning for students in the state.