Fans of children's literature now have the chance to financially support it by contributing to a new fund designed to benefit the Children's Literature Centre at Frostburg State University.
The goal of the newly established Children's Literature Centre Fund is to create a $100,000 endowment that will generate funds to support the following activities:
· Expanding partnerships with regional schools and libraries, assisting with school visitations, storytelling and the creation of bibliographies;
· Providing a forum for teachers, librarians and parents to examine children's books and professional resources;
· Supporting the costs of the Spring Festival of Children's Literature, the Fall and Spring Author Series, the Summer Author Institute and other initiatives;
· Enhancing the Centre's technological capabilities to support its Web site and collection database;
· Supporting a graduate assistantship position to assist with the Centre's operations; and
· Enhancing communication between the Centre, its supporters and the region.
The Centre was formally established to promote literacy by providing a focal point for the study and dissemination of children's literature, exploring the use of technology to promote literacy among school children, helping to develop positive attitudes toward reading, promoting an awareness of current trends, authors and illustrators and using children's literature to enhance cultural awareness.
Dr. Edward L. Root, professor emeritus in the FSU Department of Educational Professions, played a major role is founding the Fund, and continues to actively support the Centre.
A variety of options and levels are available for pledges, which are tax deductible. Donors can honor or recognize an individual, school or organization, make a bequest or simply make an individual pledge. Six levels of donations offer different tokens of appreciation ranging from mementos to plaques and lifetime registration for the Centre's programs. Donations made before July 1, 2001, will qualify for a 50 percent matching gift from the state of Maryland through its Private Incentive Donation Program.
The Fund is administered by the Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Dr. William Bingman, director of the Children's Literature Centre, at 301-687-4420 or via the Web site, www.frostburg.edu/projects/clc/home.html.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303