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United Way receives School Library Grants

Mt. Vernon, IL, Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Mt. Vernon, IL – In support of United Way’s Education Initiative, UWSCI has received a grant in the amount of $6,400.00 from Healing Illinois to benefit many school libraries throughout our region.  Healing Illinois is a racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust, designed to distribute $4.5 million grants to organizations across the state to begin, or continue, the work of racial healing. The grant was facilitated by the Southern Illinois Community Foundation.

​United Way’s literacy initiative is to promote a sense of community and passion for reading of all ages.  This grant is a perfect continuation of the United Way of South Central Illinois’ Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  It is our hope that these books will promote dialogue and facilitate learning in areas of racism and racial equity.

Checks in the amount of $400 was distributed to the following Libraries:

  Woodlawn Grade School

Waltonville Grade School Library

  Summersville Grade School

  McClellan School #12

  Grand Prairie Library

  Field #3 School Library

  Farrington School Library

  Mt. Vernon Primary School Library

Bethel School #82 Library

Bluford School Library

Hamilton County Jr/Sr High Library

  Rome Community Consolidated Library

Webber High School Library

Mt. Vernon Township High School Library

Waltonville High School Library

Woodlawn High School Library

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