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PNC’s Support Helps FSU’s Children Literature Centre Expand Author-in-Residence Program, Literacy Initiatives

Thanks to support from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre was able recently to expand its Adopt-A-School program and provide under-served Allegany County schools with an author-in-residence and other related activities in support of its broad-based literacy initiative.

The PNC grant ensured the Children’s Literature Centre was able to bring renowned children’s book author and illustrator Peter Catalanotto to Allegany County, where he spent a day with four elementary schools – South Penn Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Flintstone Elementary and Westside Elementary. The funding helped the Centre provide children in preschool through grade two at these schools with signed copies of one of Catalanotto’s books, which he used to explain the importance of reading and writing development to parents and caregivers through workshops.

This is the second year in a row that the PNC Foundation has made Catalanotto’s programming possible through funding, and the author-in-residence program support was just the latest development in the many ways PNC has supported the Centre’s efforts.

“The Children's Literature Centre’s mantra is ‘Building a passion for lifelong reading,’” said Dr. William Bingman, director of the Centre. “The PNC Foundation has consistently provided resources to help us fulfill our mission in the tri-state area. Thousands of children who have attended Frostburg's Storybook Holiday have had the opportunity to hear and interact with a noted children’s author/illustrator because of their generosity.”

Bingman continued, “In addition, they helped broadcast the importance of literacy and our events by providing funds for the CLC float in Frostburg’s Bicentennial Parade. Likewise, PNC sponsored Catalanotto's author-in-residence program in eight elementary schools and two Judy Centers in Allegany County. In each school he conducted workshops designed to foster early reading and writing development for preschool through age 8 children,” Bingman said. “It is no wonder we are so are grateful for their help! Most importantly, however, is the benefit the children received from their assistance. It is invaluable. I am sure the parents and caregivers truly appreciate their sponsorships.”

PNC will be participating in the Centre’s Pirates Ahoy! event ( on July 10 in Frostburg with its Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure Tour – an interactive learning experience that includes hands-on activities for young children, free educational materials, and tips and information for parents. Through Grow Up Great, PNC emphasizes the importance of the first five years of life, which research has shown is critical to long-term achievement, by helping families, educators and community partners provide innovative opportunities that enhance learning and development in a child's early years.

“Dr. Barbara Ornstein and I attended a PNC function in Washington, D.C., three years ago and had the opportunity to see the Mobile Learning Adventure in action,” Bingman said. “As we watched how excited the young children were as they dressed up as an astronaut, cowboy or physician and then saw them standing in front of a backdrop that matched their career choice to have a picture taken, we knew it was something the children in our area needed to experience. Immediately, we asked if it could be brought to Western Maryland.”

To learn more about FSU’s Children’s Literature Centre, visit or email To learn more about PNC Grow Up Great and the PNC Foundation, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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