The Seward Parent Teacher Student Association has received a $3,500 grant through Seward Community Foundation’s 2017 competitive grant cycle. The grant will be used to support the Seward Moose Pass Imagination Library (SMPIL) program. This program, subsidized by the Dollywood Foundation and with the support of local volunteers, delivers one age appropriate book per month, free of charge, to children from birth to age five.
In addition to supporting delivery of nearly 200 books to local households every month, SMPIL hopes to recruit additional families. They believe there may be as many as 50 eligible local children who are not receiving monthly books. They would also like to increase the number of early literacy and family engagement activities available during times when working parents can participate along with their children.
On Saturday, August 12, SMPIL held a fundraising and family engagement activity called “Bookin’ for Books Trail Run.” Participants could choose to run or walk either 3.4 miles or 6.8 miles along scenic trails ending at the Grayling Lake Trailhead. Many parents with young children enjoyed browsing on the ripe blueberries along the trail while the more serious runners in the crowd raced ahead to the finish line.
Funding for this grant comes from the Seward Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund.