BHP has awarded Literacy Action of Central Arkansas a $6,700 donation to support literacy programming in Faulkner County.

This local donation is part of more than $18,000 awarded to Faulkner, Conway, Van Buren and White counties, where BHP has operations.

"Literacy Action is incredibly grateful for this support from BHP," Sara Drew, Literacy Action executive director, said.

Funding from the BHP donation will allow Literacy Action to purchase much needed curriculum, and new hardware and software.

"We’ve been using computers from 2006," Drew said. "We can now purchase new computers and laptops for staff, tutor, and student use — a projector for volunteer tutor trainings and a digital camera to capture our student and tutor success stories."

Funding from BHP will allow Literacy Action to serve more students in Faulkner County, both by providing new curriculum for both students and tutors, but also through new donor, student and volunteer database software, and new computers and other hardware. Approximately 16 percent of adults in Faulkner and surrounding counties are functionally illiterate.

This support from BHP will benefit all adults in Faulkner County that want to improve their literacy skills, Drew said.