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June 5, 2013

Junior League of Indianapolis awards grant

INDIANAPOLIS — Junior League of Indianapolis awarded a $2,500 community assistance grant to First Book of Greater Indianapolis to provide new books to needy children in the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

First Book of Greater Indianapolis is the local affiliate of First Book, a national nonprofit that provides new, high-quality books to children from low-income families through eligible schools, classrooms, and after-school programs.

“The Junior League of Indianapolis is pleased to select First Book of Greater Indianapolis for one of our grants because the group’s goal is to provide brand new books that children can take home and keep, which aligns with our efforts to help students achieve academic success,” said Julie Rowlas, president, Junior League of Indianapolis. “We believe providing families with quality educational materials can help transform the lives of children in need and help reduce child illiteracy.”

Sarah Roberts, chair of First Book of Greater Indianapolis, said, “In general, the children in our programs and schools do not have age-appropriate books at home. With our purchasing power through First Book national’s partnership with major publishing houses, this grant will allow us to provide a child with the opportunity to build a personal library that can be shared with his or her family. Research shows that access to reading materials is essential if a child is to develop into a strong reader and a successful student.”

First Book of Greater Indianapolis has registered nearly 500 schools and programs that are eligible to apply for the books available through the Junior League grant. The registered groups represent schools, classrooms, and after-school programs that either are a Title 1 school or at least 70 percent of the children served are from low-income families.

The Junior League of Indianapolis is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Established in 1921, the Junior League of Indianapolis is one of 294 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain. The JLI is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), which unites and provides support to all Junior Leagues. During the past 90 years, the JLI has provided trained volunteers for more than 160 different community projects and donated nearly $7 million in funding to its community partners.

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