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Four Local Non-Profit Groups to Receive Book Grants Through Borders and First Book

RELEASED: March 9, 2006

First Book logoEAU CLAIRE — Four local non-profit groups that work to improve the lives of children will each receive a $500 Borders Group gift card through the auspices of the Borders Group and First Book.

Bolton Refuge House, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Family Literacy Program of the Literacy Volunteers of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Chippewa Valley will receive their $500 gift cards at a ceremony to be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Children's Books area at Borders, 4030 Commonwealth Avenue, Eau Claire.

Funds for the gifts came from point-of-sale donations made by customers of more than 1,000 Borders, Borders Express and Waldenbooks stores around the country during the holiday season. Donated funds were then passed on to local First Book advisory boards to distribute to eligible recipient groups. The groups will have until April 30 to redeem their cards, ensuring that children served by these programs benefit as quickly as possible from this program.

Kelly Christianson, director of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, which serves families and single pregnant women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, sees great potential value in being able to provide new books to children whose lives are in transition.

"When times are tough parents have to make some tough choices," said Christianson. Books are sometimes considered a treat. It is great for Border's and First Book to team up to make sure that these children get a new book to call their own. They may outgrow the book, but if the love of reading can be instilled, that gift will last a lifetime."

First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. First Book Eau Claire also serves pre-school programs operated by Western Dairyland, pre-school programs and the Reading Partner Program operated by the Eau Claire Area School District, and the Building Bridges program of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.

For more information, contact Dr. Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, at (715) 836-4649, or Shelly Grokowsky, Borders district marketing manager, at (715) 832-5783, or sgrokows@bordersgroupinc.com.

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