If you or your child use the homework help program at Family Literacy, you may be out of luck come September.
Cenovus, who has recently pulled out of the Valley, was a major sponsor of the program. Louise Henrickson, Coordinator for Family Literacy explains,
"Since 2013 they have been a major sponsor for our homework help program, which is under the family literacy umbrella, and because they (Cenovus) have diversified they do not actually work in this area anymore."
The Family Literacy Society, which offers the homework help program, is a non-profit society located here in Drumheller. They also had a 2 year Government Grant that is up, and they are not able to apply for it for another 2 years.
"I know we are good until June, but come September we need something else in place. Some of the years we hit 150 students that we are helping, and we might be one of the only communities in Alberta that offers free tutoring, which is huge," says Henrickson.
Henrickson is hopeful that she will be able to pull something together before September.
"I hate to see the program go, but if there is no funds out there, then there is not a lot of options."
She said that she is still trying to wrap her head around losing the grant, and they are not sure that they have the man power to take on a major fundraiser, but are brainstorming some ideas to keep the homework help program going.