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Simmons Foods donates laptops to Dogwood Literacy Council

by Spencer Bailey | September 21, 2022 at 11:41 a.m.
Courtesy of Charlie Muessemeyer Chris Greathouse (left) and Nick Braschler (center), two representatives with Simmons Foods, stand with Charlie Muessemeyer (right) holding three of the donated laptops in the new Dogwood Literacy Council building at 325 E. Twin Springs.

On Sept. 14, the Dogwood Literacy Council received a donation from Simmons Foods for its GED program.

"Chris Greathouse and Nick Braschler brought us 11 laptop computers to use for the GED program and in the English as a second language programs," said Charlie Muessemeyer, the executive director of the literacy council.

Greathouse serves as a Leadership Development Partner at Simmons Foods, while Braschler serves as the Director of Simmons Cares.

Muessemeyer said the new laptops come at the perfect time.

"It was great timing," Muessemeyer said. "This Monday we had to ask a couple of GED students to come back another time because we did not have enough computers for them to practice on."

Muessemeyer said the new computers will be put into use as soon as possible.

"We hope to have these set up and ready for GED class on Thursday evening," Muessemeyer said.

Dogwood Literacy Council has been in the throes of a move to a new location for months now, and while the move isn't complete, Muessemeyer says they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"Unfortunately, I am still waiting on the elevator," said Muessemeyer. "The inspector is supposed to come soon. So technically I have not been able to move everything into the Dogwood Literacy Council yet."

Muessemeyer said the move has been difficult with all of the books, furniture and other supplies that they have accrued during their time, but that a grand opening should happen by the end of the year.

Dogwood Literacy Council offers citizenship classes on Monday evenings 6-8pm, English as a second language on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8pm and English as a second language on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings 9-11am.

In addition to that, Dogwood has invited Northwest Arkansas Community College to hold GED classes in Siloam Springs every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening 5-8pm.

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