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Community of Readers program grateful for community support

Updated: February 17, 2013 6:17AM

Community of Readers program grateful for community support

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To the friends of literacy: Thank you.

Your support of the Community of Readers program has brought the “sweet serenity of books” to children of School District U46. Our mission over the last 10 years was to promote individual and family reading by providing home reading materials for families who may not have the resources to do so themselves.

The Community of Readers partnership between First Community Bank and School District U46 will end in February 2013. United Way of Elgin and Bernie’s Book Bank have developed partnerships that continue to distribute books to area families and organizations. You have helped place more than 45,000 books with the following agencies that serve U46 families:

Elgin Child and Family Resource Center, Larkin Center, Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, Community Crisis Center, YWCA of Elgin, Well Child Center, Centro de Informacion, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Kane County, Renz Addiction Counseling Center, The Literacy Connection, Two Rivers Head Start, Food for Greater Elgin, PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) of Elgin, Hanover Township Youth & Family Services, and Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

These not-for-profit organizations distributed new and gently read books to families identified as those who could not afford to provide their children with home reading materials, while maintaining the recipients’ privacy and dignity.

In addition, it is appropriate to acknowledge the following:

First Community Bank; U46 Educational Foundation; Gail Borden Public Library; honorary chairpersons Rick and Sharon Jakle, Mike and Carol Kenyon, Guy and Patti Kaplowitz, Terry and Pat Dunning, Tom and Sue Rakow, and Bill and Sue Moylan; Community of Readers Ensemble: Karen Fox, Sylvia Grady, Linda Danner, Elizabeth Achenbach, Lori Brandes, Lucy Elliott, Cheryl Frandsen, Patricia Steffen, Judi Brownfield and Amy Kerber; and 200 organizations, schools, businesses, donors and volunteers who offered both monetary and in-kind support.

With sincere thanks:

Karen L. DeBack

Community of Readers


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