Teton Literacy Center

Early literacy coordinator Elyse Kennedy works a 2016 family event at Teton Literacy Center. The center recently received a $62,000 annual grant from the Ellbogen Foundation to bolster existing programming and expand community partnerships.

Teton Literacy Center will receive $62,000 annually for the next three years of programming to support postsecondary student success and eliminate the achievement gap in Teton County.

The funding comes from Graduate: All Students Successful, an Ellbogen Foundation grant. The Wyoming foundation, set up by benefactor John Ellbogen, funds several state education projects including the Wyoming Kids First initiative for early childhood education and We the People, which encourages youth civil engagement. The Foundation has also successfully increased the number of National Board Certified Teachers.

Through the grant, Teton Literacy Center will align goals and services to suit students’ needs and strengthen existing services, especially for students who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, have experienced trauma or have a disability, with the goal of postsecondary success after graduation.

The center, which provides free out-of-school time programming to over 400 children and families each year, plans to expand community partnerships through a collaborative planning process this spring.

Executive Director Laura Soltau has asked organizations to email laura@tetonliteracy.org to engage in the collaboration.

“We do have some ideas and have started some conversations internally, as well as with some key partners, like Teton Youth and Family Services, First in Family, [Central Wyoming College],” Soltau told the Jackson Hole Daily, “but we really want to be mindful of the process and the importance of hearing from the community and other educational organizations and educators on what the end goal should look like.”

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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