Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently awarded 20,000 children’s books valued at over $300,000 to 49 organizations through its Early Childhood Literacy Grant Program. A number of local schools and organizations received books including Brown County Public Health and GFW, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, Le Sueur Henderson, New Ulm, and Sleepy Eye Public Schools. This grant supports early literacy efforts that enhance school readiness for children birth to age five by providing children with books.


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