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Pine Belt 360 unveils new literacy program

Van Jones, executive director of Pine Belt 360, discusses details of a new literacy program called the E-Factor Tuesday night. Van Jones, executive director of Pine Belt 360, discusses details of a new literacy program called the E-Factor Tuesday night.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A South Mississippi faith-based, service organization is launching a volunteer effort to help improve literacy in our area. Pine Belt 360 is asking for folks to spend some of their free time tutoring and mentoring children up to the 3rd grade.

It's part of a new program called the E-Factor.

Details were unveiled at William Carey University Tuesday night.

The immediate goal is to help with reading skills. The organization also hopes to get more faith-based groups to partner with local schools.

"We're grabbing hold of the literacy issue, because it's a statewide issue, not only a city-wide issue and the E-Factor is our attempt to assist boys and girls with literacy, grades 0 to 3," said Van Jones, executive director of Pine Belt 360. "And the goal is to go statewide, possibly regionally," Jones said.

On Aug. 3, Pine Belt 360 volunteers will help landscape and paint several local schools. The group covers Forrest, Lamar and Marion counties.

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