In Your Community: Kiwanis groups distribute books
Published 5:42 pm Friday, January 6, 2023
Members of Austin Early Risers Kiwanis and Noon Kiwanis gathered recently to prepare 400 books for distribution to pre-K /kindergarten students in Austin . The books are part of a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) project to promote reading in young children. The Austin Kiwanis Clubs have been participants in this project since 2013 . The free books have been distributed to :
• Backpack /Headstart programs at St. Olaf church and at Holy Cross church;
• Pacelli pre-school program;
• St. Olaf Wee Learning Center;
• Special Education / Pre-school (formerly at Queens) in Austin Public Schools;
• Title One after-school reading program at Woodson Kindergarten center; and
• Parenting Resource Center / Catherwood Day Care center.
Project coordinators for this year’s book distributions are Rick Young for Early Risers and Dave Ruzek for Noon Kiwanis.