YOUNGSTOWN — The Raymond J. Wean Foundation provided Lit Youngstown with a $1,600 matching Neighborhood SUCCESS Grant.
The grant will purchase books for approximately 400 children enrolled in Alta Head Start programs in the fall.
The grant proposal references studies showing that children who grow up with books in the home have higher literacy scores and a greater interest in reading.
“We would love for all children in Youngstown to grow up with books they can call their own,” Cassandra Lawton, Lit Youngstown outreach coordinator, said in a news release.
In addition to improving success in school, “reading benefits a young brain in significant ways, stimulating neurological connections, fostering imagination, and deepening awareness of the self and others,” Lawton said.
Lawton said Lit Youngstown plans to pursue further funding to purchase additional books for elementary children in Youngstown from First Book, a foundation that offers high quality children’s books at deep discounts to non-profits.
Lit Youngstown is a literary arts non-profit with programs for writers, readers and storytellers. More information is available at www.lityoungstown.org.