Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Help children read!

Hello all,

I know this is not a Columbia cause, but as it does effect children in South Carolina and I know how generous SLIS folks have been for similar causes in the past, I am spreading the word. Please let me know if you want any more information!

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Chesterfield County's First Steps, which is an organization that prepares young children for school, has just learned that they are being cut $15,000 next year. The funding they are losing is what pays for the Imagination Library program (you can find information on that at http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/), which means that 500 children in our county will not be enrolled next year.

In an effort to make up some of the loss, First Steps is having a drawing to win $1000.00. Tickets for the drawing are $5.00, and at the moment there are only 1,000 tickets, so your chances of winning are pretty good. Six tickets will fund one child's membership in the Imagination Library for a year, so First Steps is hoping to sell as many tickets as possible in an effort to raise enough money to keep the most at-risk children in the program.

If you are interested in buying a ticket (and winning $1000.00!) please let me know. You can mail me your $5 and I will send you your tickets or leave them in Davis for you if you would prefer.

Thanks as always for anything you can do to help!

Best,

Drusilla Carter
Director, Chesterfield County Library System
http://www.youseemore.com/chesterfield

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