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Charity donating $300G to Freeport-based adult literacy group

Sook Hee Kim, right, an immigrant from South

Sook Hee Kim, right, an immigrant from South Korea, is tutored by Elinor Haber at Syosset Library as part of the program Literacy Nassau. (June 15, 2011) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The John and Janet Kornreich Charitable Foundation will donate $300,000 to Literacy Nassau, a Freeport-based not-for-profit that provides tutoring for illiterate adults.

John Kornreich, trustee of the Old Westbury-based foundation, said in a statement that the charity donated to Literacy Nassau because of its commitment to fostering language skills in Nassau County.

“We are impressed with the literacy mission, Nassau County localism, efficient economics, and strong leadership — and that’s why we’re making this significant commitment to Literacy Nassau,” the statement said.

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The literacy agency will use the donation to reduce its waiting list and serve more students, said Literacy Nassau’s executive director Karen Micciche.

“Our free services target those who are hardest to reach, those who can’t easily assimilate into a large group classroom setting,” Micciche said.

Literacy Nassau is also looking to add more tutors, Micciche said. Becoming a tutor involves completing a workshop program, she said. Information is available at www.literacynassau.org.

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