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Golden Belt Community Foundation Awards Grant to Smoky Hills PBS

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The Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF) has awarded Smoky Hills PBS with a grant of $2,000 to support the station's Literacy Leadership Program.

The Literacy Leadership Program is an effort from Smoky Hills PBS to engage and inspire children to be ready and eager to learn. One component of this program is the First Book Club, in which Smoky Hills PBS gives free books to children enrolled in preschool or head start programs.

With these funds from the Golden Belt Community Foundation, children enrolled in preschool within Barton, Pawnee and Rush Counties will receive free books during the winter, spring and fall of 2023. For some, these will be the only books they own, making this First Book Club Program a great resource for these communities.

"We want to thank the Golden Belt Community Foundation for believing in our mission! The purpose of providing these free books is to encourage parents to read with their children regularly," said Betsy Schwien, Smoky Hills PBS General Manager. "Educating the youth within our viewing area is just one of the many important things we do for the communities we serve, and with the support of the GBCF, it allows us to continue this free book program year after year."

(Information courtesy SHPBS.)