Literacy Bitterroot celebrates 30 years thanks to support from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation

December 7, 2017

Literacy Bitterroot has served almost 4,000 students since it's inception in 1987, and is celebrating 30 years of programming on Friday.

Dixie Stark, executive director, said the program is no longer under the Montana Office of Public Instruction, but a community-based organization providing locally controlled and accessed services.

She said Literacy Bitterroot has taken a shift of services to provide more than an endpoint for high school education. When Literacy Bitterroot started, the program tutored adults who wanted to learn to read.

In 2016, Literacy Bitterroot moved into 303 No. Third St. and underwent a year of remodeling. A change of grant application rules made them ineligible for the usual funding and the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation granted them the money the covers about half the needs. The program still does fundraising and this year has scholarships to pay for all student testing, thanks to the Ryan's foundation.



Literacy Bitterroot receives $200,000 grant from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation to help ease budget shortfall