Free GED prep and English classes will be offered to rural East Texas residents this fall and spring.

A $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will fund the classes offered through the Gateway to American Opportunities, a regional literacy initiative of A Circle of Ten Network for Collaboration.

The funds will provide for one class a week in English as a second language or GED prep at regional locations in Cherokee, Camp, Wood, Rusk and Smith counties, according to a Gateway to American Opportunities news release.

The first 10 students to register and attend ESL classes at each site offering that class will receive all of their books for free.

Similarly, the first 10 adult students to attend the student orientation and enroll in the GED prep class at each site offering that class will receive a free TI-30XS calculator.

The class schedule has not yet been determined.

The grant partners are: Bullard Community Library, Jacksonville Fellowship Church Outreach Center, and The Chaparral Center/Alto (Cherokee County); Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library (Cherokee and Smith counties); Christian Womens Job Corps of Rusk County and Rusk County Library System/Morrow Branch; Gilbreath Memorial Library, Mineola Memorial Library and Quitman Public Library (Wood County); and Pittsburg-Camp County Public Library.

Each of these sites has sign-up sheets available for adults interested in the ESL or GED prep classes.

Once organizers see how many people have registered for classes, a schedule will be made.

Student orientation, which includes registration and pre-testing for the classes, is scheduled for the last week in September and the first week in October.

Prospective adult students can call 903-589-6900 to sign up and to learn which class will be offered in their community.

Visit for more information or contact Gateway to American Opportunities staff members Peggy Lustig and Mary Davenport at 903-589-6900 or at

Gateway to American Opportunities has been providing classes on topics such as ESL, GED and citizenship to residents in rural East Texas counties since 2004.

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