Jul 27, 2020 10:05 AM

Smoky Hills PBS grant will help distribute books to children

Posted Jul 27, 2020 10:05 AM

Smoky Hills PBS

BUNKER HILL– The Heartland Community Foundation has awarded Smoky Hills PBS with a grant for $1,500 to support their literacy leadership initiative.

The literacy leadership initiative is an effort from Smoky Hills PBS to engage and inspire children to be ready and eager to learn.  One component of literacy leadership is the First Book Club, in which we give free books to children enrolled in Head Start.  With these funds, more than 100 children in Trego, Rooks and Ellis counties who are enrolled in Head Start will receive books during the 2020-21 school year. For some, these books will be the only ones that they own. The goal of providing these books is to encourage parents to read with their children regularly.

“Smoky Hills PBS is dedicated to offering curriculum-based media to meet the needs of today’s kids, and the First Book Club takes that one step further,” said Haley Gagnon, Special Event Coordinator for Smoky Hills PBS. “Not only do we provide educational content through PBS KIDS programming, but we are also putting educational materials in children’s hands, providing them the tools they will need for a lifelong love of learning!”

The Heartland Community Foundation was founded in 2007, to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving benefiting Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties.  The Foundation is a permanent source of charitable assets to meet both emerging and existing needs of the local communities.  The Heartland Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Salina Community Foundation.