LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County School District has been awarded $1,323,285 in the second year of the PA Keystones to Opportunity grant.
According to a press release, the grant is part of a five-year federal initiative that helps fund local literacy planning, collaboration, professional development and parent involvement. With grant monies, local agencies have developed a comprehensive plan to address specific community literacy needs in Mifflin County, the release states.
The READ and SUCCEED program has been developed with a goal of reaching children and families from birth to age 5. Through this program, new mothers will receive New Mom Bags, which include a reusable grocery tote, diapers and wipes, the book "Goodnight Moon," a Thirty One tote bag, literacy tips from Reading Rockets and the Mifflin County Library, as well as a subscription to the online course "Teach Me to Learn at Home." Mothers and families enrolling in READ and SUCCEED will be invited to community literacy activities and workshops, the release states.
Amy Remy, left, from the Mifflin County School District, Cristy Yoders, of Success By 6, and Brooke Penepacker, of Healthy Families America, present a new mom bag to Chad Picketts, Brittany Walker and their daughter, Adilyn Picketts.
The program has been coordinated through a partnership between the MCSD, Success by 6, the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, Healthy Families America, Snyder Union Mifflin Childhood Development and Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, the release states.