Altrusans are making a difference: Group targets literacy for youngsters
ESCANABA – Access to books from an early age is critical for developing literacy. Many children in the Head Start Preschool program depend on their classrooms to provide these books.
Funding cuts in recent years have meant no new or replacement books and with classrooms added at Webster and Cameron this year, resources were stretched.
Meeting with Early Childhood Program Director Myra Heslip, Altrusans Frances Michaels and Sharyn Deuel developed a Make-a-Difference-Day Project to give the PreK Head Start classroom and lending libraries a boost.
Members of the Altrusa Club of Escanaba inventoried, labeled, cleaned, and repaired worn books; painted and organized bookshelves; and purchased and donated 230 new and gently used books to these classrooms.
Teachers and children alike are delighted with the new additions.
Thanks to the community support for the Altrusa rummage sale held in September, funding was provided for this project.
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