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OACAC promotes literacy and cooler temperatures.

This Summer, The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation is providing literacy kits and equipment to help bring relief from the heat. Mike Smith has the story:

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation recently received a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to expand efforts in promotion family literacy. OACAC's Communications Director Julie Conway says the $2,750 grant will fund the aquisition and distribution of take home literacy kits for each of the 11 Head Start centers in Springfield.

Conway says OACAC is involved in several programs to get parents involved in the early stages of their childs education.

OACAC recently received a "Fatherhood Initiative" grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant provides funding for curriculum and instruction for "FRED", the "Fathers Reading Everyday" program which encourages daily reading sessions between fathers and children.

Meanwhile Conway says low income residents who live in the 10 county areas served by OACAC are eligible to receive fans, air conditioners, and other assistance through the agency's "Summer Cooling Program".

Conway says Federal grant money helps pay for the fans and air conditioners but donated equipment is needed too.

For more information on OACAC's programs, call 417-862-4314.

For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.