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Rushford-Peterson schools receives books to promote early literacy

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Owatonna, Minn. - Rushford-Peterson Schools was one of 29 organizations to receive donated books through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) BookStart program, a partnership between SMIF and Capstone. This grant program, which awarded a total of 10,000 books valued at $171,040, is one of SMIF’s early childhood efforts focused on providing resources so all children can have a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding.

BookStart, now in its 12th year, has put approximately 70,000 books into the homes of children across southern Minnesota. The goal is that every child has a book of his or her own at home to read or be read to by family members, which promotes a life-long love for reading.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with Capstone to provide these books to promote early literacy and learning for our young children,” noted SMIF’s President and CEO Tim Penny. “We believe investing in our young children is a long-term strategy that will lead to a capable workforce.”

Rushford-Peterson Schools (Early Childhood-1st Grade) was selected to receive 400 books valued at $6,800 because they provide outstanding early literacy opportunities for young children and their families within the Rushford-Peterson School District. Rushford-Peterson Schools will incorporate the books into their R-P Community Ed Early Childhood/Family Education Program, Lille By Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

As part of its strategy to invest in economic growth here in southern Minnesota, SMIF has supported early childhood efforts to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success. Through their efforts, $1 million has been invested in early childhood education annually within the 20-county region over the past ten years. For more information on SMIF’s Early Childhood Initiative partnerships and resources, contact Teri Steckelberg at teris@smifoundation.org.

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation:

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 28 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development. To learn more about our work and mission call 507-455-3215 or visit www.smifoundation.org.


Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Press, Stone Arch Books, Picture Window Books, Heinemann Raintree and Compass Point Books. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com.

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