[nfbmi-talk] Fw: Exciting News from Seedlings Braille Books!

Diana Mohnke d_mohnke18 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 14 16:04:43 CDT 2009



I thought I would forward on this message I received from Seedlings
about a new project called ABCs for VIPs (Visually Impaired
Preschoolers).  This sounds like a great way
to get children early on to read Braille. 



--- On Tue, 8/11/09, Seedlings Braille Books for Children <info at seedlings.org> wrote:

From: Seedlings Braille Books for Children <info at seedlings.org>
Subject: Exciting News from Seedlings Braille Books!
To: d_mohnke18 at yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 9:37 AM

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Seedlings Braille Books for Children Announces:
An exciting new program ... and you can help make it happen! 
			in this issue
			The Art Van Grant
			The ABCs for VIPs Program
			The Challenge

Dear Friends, 
We are very excited to announce that Seedlings is the proud recipient of a $10,000 grant from Art Van Furniture! This will make it possible for us to launch a wonderful new program here in Michigan called "ABCs for VIPs (Visually Impaired Preschoolers)". But this grant is a challenge grant, so we need your help to make it work ... see below:       


The Art Van Grant  
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Art Van Furniture, Michigan's largest furniture retailer, designated one million dollars to be donated to 50 Michigan nonprofit organizations. They received over 550 applications, and Seedlings was very fortunate to be one of the 50 chosen! We thank Art Van and the Van Elslander family for their generosity and dedication to the children of Michigan!

The ABCs for VIPs Program
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     Thanks to the grant from Art Van, Seedlings has launched a wonderful new program called ABCs for VIPs (Visually Impaired Preschoolers). Partnering with the Michigan Department of Education's Low Incidence Outreach Division, ABCs for VIPs will make 1000 braille books available for loan to teachers, schools, libraries, and individuals throughout the state. 
     Knowing how important it is to surround children with books at an early age, we decided to focus in on Michigan's V-I toddlers and preschoolers. Housing the collection at the Low-Incidence Outreach office will allow access by teachers, libraries, and individuals around the state.
     With access to this large pool of Print-&-Braille books, teachers will have the materials needed to encourage early braille reading, libraries will have books available for ALL children, and parents will be able to nurture the love of reading at home.
     If your are interested in borrowing some of the Print-&-Braille Books when the ABCs for VIPs Program begins in September, go to the Michigan Department of Education--Low Incidence Outreach website or call them at 888-760-2206

The Challenge
     With the grant from Art Van came a challenge: each grant recipient was challenged to raise a matching amount. Consequently, Seedlings hopes to raise an additional $10,000 to reach our goal of making 1000 books available through our ABCs for VIPs Program. 
     And so we turn to you, our friends and faithful supporters. We hope you will consider making a special donation to support this new program!
     If you would like to help, please call us at 800-777-8552 or go to the Donations section of our website, and be sure to check the box that says, "Yes, I would like this donation to be counted toward the Art Van Charity Challenge." Checks can also be mailed to Seedlings, PO Box 51924, Livonia, MI 48151-5924. Please put "Art Van" on the memo line.
     Your donation will help Seedlings meet Art Van's Charity Challenge AND the challenge of giving visually impaired children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. We thank you in advance for your support!
     Seedlings is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low-cost children's literature in braille. (#MICS 8623)



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