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SHPTV Accepts Grant from Heartland Community Foundation

Smoky Hills Public TelevisionSmoky Hills Public Television of Bunker Hill has accepted a grant from the Heartland Community Foundation to benefit Literacy Leadership.

Literacy Leadership is an effort from SHPTV to engage and inspire children to be ready and eager to learn. One component of Literacy Leadership is the First Book Club, in which free books are given to low-income children enrolled in Head Start.

Smoky Hills received a $500 grant during a reception on April 3, 2014, hosted by the Heartland Community Foundation. SHPTV was one of ten organizations to receive grant funding.

With these funds, more than 100 children in Trego, Rooks and Ellis Counties, who are enrolled in Head Start, will receive books during the 2014-2015 school year. For some, these books will be the only ones they own. The goal of providing these books is to encourage parents to read with their children regularly.

"Numerous studies have shown how important it is to encourage children to read, and starting at a young age can set them on the right track to being life-long learners," said Leona Breeden, Smoky Hills Public Television Education Director. "We are grateful to the Heartland Community Foundation for providing the materials we need to reach out to families in Ellis, Rooks and Trego Counties."

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