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The Sallie Mae Fund Supports Osterhout Free Library's Family Literacy Computer Learning Project

Total Contributions to the Library Now Exceed $180,000

WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Oct. 16, 2009 — The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, today announced a $7,500 grant to the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre to fund the Family Literacy Computer Learning Project. This program helps bridge the digital divide by introducing information technology to area children and their families. Since 1996, The Sallie Mae Fund has contributed more than $180,000 to the Library.

The Osterhout Free Library's mission is to connect residents of Luzerne County with free resources and information to meet their personal, educational, recreational and professional needs. With support of The Sallie Mae Fund, the Family Literacy Computer Learning Project teaches research and computer skills to preschool and school-aged children and their parents and caregivers.

"The continuing support of The Sallie Mae Fund enables us to enrich our valuable programs for the children in our community and their families," said Sara Hansen, Executive Director of the Osterhout Free Library. "Our "Laptots" program brings computer literacy to our youngest customers and their caregivers, creating a memorable learning experience for all, thanks to these contributions."

In addition, Sallie Mae employees will support the Library by volunteering for its Annual Phone-A-Thon, reading stories to children, and participating in various children's programs. Sallie Mae employs more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians at its Hanover Township facility.

"Computer skills bring the world to any child's fingertips," said Troy Standish, head of Sallie Mae's Wilkes-Barre center. "Sallie Mae employees are pleased to partner with The Sallie Mae Fund in our ongoing support of the Osterhout Library, a local partner that sets children on the path to vast educational opportunities."