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First Book Southeast Alaska Receives Grant


December 11, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - First Book Southeast Alaska Chair Charlotte Glover announcewd today that First Book Southeast recently received a grant of $1000 from the Alaska Community Foundation and the Machamer Charitable Fund to provide books to enhance Tlingit and Haida Headstart programs around the region. First Book Southeast Alaska is providing funding for those programs in Klawock, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell and Saxman.

First Book-Southeast Alaska is part of First Book's national network of volunteer led Advisory Boards who provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. First Book-Southeast Alaska works to promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to literacy programs in our region.

Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 60 percent of low-income families have no books for children in their homes. By providing children from low-income homes books they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores- the number of books in the home.

First Book Southeast Alaska has been distributing books to programs serving low-income children since April of 2006. First Book meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:00pm in the Landing Conference room and interested individuals are always welcome. For more information contact Charlotte Glover at 225-0370.


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