As part of our community outreach efforts and commitment to early childhood
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education initiatives, last winter a made a donation of over 1000 bilingual educational children's books to a great organization: CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio), one of Minnesota's largest Latino non-profits. CLUES provides behavioral health and human services to the Latino community and runs numerous educational programs throughout the State. Our donation came at a perfect time as they prepared to launch a new program, “Learning Together / Aprendiendo Juntos.”
"Learning Together" participants and their parents. Photos courtesy of CLUES
Learning Together is a parenting program designed for Latino families with children where participants partake in educational activities and spend family time improving communication and building stronger relationships. Kendall Bruhl, the program's Coordinator says, "Reading is an important focus throughout this course and your gift of bilingual children’s books has been very useful! With it, we have created a classroom library from which the families can choose books to take home and read together every week. We have also given some of the books to our participating families as gifts to keep." The program asks parents to learn the program and then to serve as volunteers in the program. CLUES President, Jesse Bethke-Gomez says, "We think this may have a national reach as curriculum for school districts with Latino families across America. Parents eventually teach parents, success nurtures success and we create an unstoppable force in advancing prosperity for our children and their children’s children." He says, "On behalf of CLUES, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank a for the generous donation of children’s books. With your partnership, we are able to advance the wellness of children and families by teaching them the value of not only reading, but also education. The donation really enhances our program!"
For more information about the Learning Together program please call 651-379-4241 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 34
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