To the editor:
Friends of Moffat County Education’s inaugural 13-3 book drive was a resounding success. The purpose of the 13-3 book drive was simple, provide children books to read over the summer. In three short weeks, the Craig community banded together to donate books and funds necessary to amass 13,000 books for students ages 4 through 12. These books will be distributed to students during the next month.
Friends of Moffat County Education would like to thank the individuals and businesses that donated books and money to support the 13-3 project.
FMCE is overwhelmed by the generosity demonstrated by this community and individuals outside of this community. While space does not permit FMCE to list all individuals and businesses that donated to the drive, there are specific individuals, businesses, and organizations that need recognition for helping make the dream of the 13-3 project a reality.
Thank you to the Sagebrush Reading Council for promoting the book drive. Your promotion of the importance of literacy generated generous contributions from the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club. Thank you to the Craig Daily Press and KRAI for allowing FMCE to promote the 13-3 project in print and over the airwaves. FMCE also thanks Safeway for allowing us to use its parking lot for the 13-3 project finale. Finally, thanks to Identity Graphics for working late hours to create the book tub stickers and signs for the book drive finale.
A couple of extraordinary individuals supported the efforts of the FMCE book drive committee. Time is a valuable resource and these individuals selflessly donated their time to promote the drive, collect book tubs and sort books.
FMCE thanks Becky and Ryan Fritz, Val Rohrich, Mardi Anson, Alida Crookston, and Mary Petrone for donating their time and resources to this project. Words cannot express the gratitude FMCE has for their kindness. FMCE is also thankful for the cooperation and resources provided by the various elementary school administrators and the school’s literacy program coordinators.
Finally, FMCE would like to recognize the efforts of the book drive committee members. These women spent late nights and weekends planning the book drive. Without their efforts, a successful book drive would not have been possible. Thank you to Michele Chalmers, Amy Peck, and Melany Neton. Your dedication to education in this community is admirable and contagious.
The 13-3 book drive is just the start in supporting literacy in Moffat County.
The next step is the most important. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, and friends, please spend 15 minutes a day reading with a child. Time spent now will create immeasurable future achievements.
Friends of Moffat County Education
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