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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps fund literacy program in eastern North Carolina


Literacy Center

Jeff Stalls, second from left, director of Perdue operations in Lewiston, N.C., presents a $1,000 grant on behalf of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to the 21st Century Literacy Center in Ahoskie, N.C. Pictured are Lendora Majette, Literacy Center parent trainer, Stalls, Alice Cale, Literacy Center site coordinator, Julius Walker Jr., interim superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools, and Kathy Artis, director of federal and special programs.

Salisbury, Md. (Wednesday, July 11, 2012) - Imagine not being able to read this story because you lack basic literacy skills. At the 21st Century Family Literacy Center in Ahoskie, N.C., staff members are committed to helping students improve their reading and writing skills.

As part of its commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities in which it operates, Perdue, through a $1,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, is helping the Family Literacy Center pursue its mission. The grant was recently presented to officials of Hertford County Public School and the Literacy Center.

“More than 800 students and adults in Hertford County were served by the programs and resources provided by the Family Literacy Center in the last year,” said Alice Cale, site coordinator of the facility. “Thanks to the support of Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, we’re able to provide supplies and incentives to help students and adults excel in our after-school tutoring and computer lab programs.”

The Literacy Center, located on the Ahoskie Elementary School campus, provides programs and opportunities for parents to get engaged in their children’s learning and guidance on how to work with them at home.

“Reading is essential to academic success, and the Family Literacy Center provides a haven for literary resources for students and parents,” said Julius Walker Jr., interim superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools. “We’re very appreciative to have a partnership with Perdue and the Foundation in helping enhance the needs of our students, especially in these tough economic times.”

In presenting the grant, Jeff Stalls, director of Perdue operations in Lewiston, said, “At Perdue, we have a long history of supporting educational initiatives through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, and we applaud the Family Literacy Center’s efforts aimed at increasing the likelihood that students will stay in school and complete their education.”


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The Perdue Family of Companies includes Perdue Farms, Perdue AgriBusiness, and our shared services organizations. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, through expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, to today’s third-generation of family leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained a family-owned company dedicated to making Perdue the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.

About the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the Perdue Family of Companies, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of the Perdue Family of Companies communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At the Perdue Family of Companies, we believe in responsible food and agriculture™.


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