South Amboy’s Dowdell Library Foundation Gives Grant For Early Literacy Station

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The Dowdell Library Foundation’s grant to South Amboy’s Dowdell Library will be used for an Early Literacy Station. From left: Mary Rager, Secretary, and Mimi Pichey, President, of the Dowdell Library Foundation; Catherine Charmello, President of the Board of Trustees, and Elaine Gaber, Director, of the Dowdell Library. (Photo courtesy of Dowdell Library Foundation)

The Dowdell Library Foundation’s grant to South Amboy’s Dowdell Library will be used for an Early Literacy Station. From left: Mary Rager, Secretary, and Mimi Pichey, President, of the Dowdell Library Foundation; Catherine Charmello, President of the Board of Trustees, and Elaine Gaber, Director, of the Dowdell Library. (Photo courtesy of Dowdell Library Foundation)

SOUTH AMBOY — Special help with reading, writing and math will now be available to preschool, kindergarten through second grade, special education and homeschooled children as well as English language learners at South Amboy’s Dowdell Library.

Thanks to a grant from the Dowdell Library Foundation, the library will offer an Early Literacy Station to give South Amboy children a head start in reading and other skills that will open the door to a lifetime of learning.

On June 19, the Dowdell Library Foundation presented a check for $1,059 to the Sadie Pope Dowdell Public Library of South Amboy. The grant was presented by Mary Rager and Mimi Pichey on behalf of the Dowdell Library Foundation to Catherine Charmello, president of the Board of Trustees, and Elaine Gaber, director of the library.

“The Early Literacy Station @ Dowdell Library will provide opportunities for South Amboy children to develop reading skills at an early age. Studies show that encouraging reading at a young age increases success in school and in life,” noted Mimi Pichey, president of the Dowdell Library Foundation. “We were able to make this grant thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation and the many people who contributed generously our ‘Dining to Donate’ events at local restaurants.” Upcoming fundraisers include ‘Dining to Donate’ at Texas Roadhouse in August, the popular ‘Dunk a Politician’ booth at the South Amboy Festival of the Arts in September and a chocolate tasting in October.

The Dowdell Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.DowdellFoundation.org.


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