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Literacy program to get $7,500 grant

A local literacy program is getting a financial boost, thanks to a $7,500 grant from Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy was awarded one of PIMCO Foundation’s 2010 grants, which will go toward program funding and materials. Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy offers adults free assistance in becoming literate if they live or work in Newport-Mesa.

The program now has 130 adults learning literacy skills, with even more on the waiting list. The program has more than 100 volunteers working with illiterate adults one-on-one or in small groups.

—Joseph Serna