Donation A Coup For Literacy, Children

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Su Connell has a wish list two pages long of expenses ranging from supplies to staffing.

Connell, director of Rim Country Literacy Program, with the help of a grant from the Modern Woodmen of America, can make some of those wishes a reality.

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Su Connell of Rim Country Literacy Program and Marcy Rogers, director of Payson Community Kids, look forward to using the $5,000 they received from Tina Terry of the Modern Woodmen of America to stock their supplies and improve services.

Connell, along with Marcy Rogers of Payson Community Kids, received a donation, totaling $5,000 from Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal organization that benefits communities all over the United States.

"Over $2,500 was raised locallyt the Bill of Rights Day," said Tina Terry, district manager. "Modern Woodmen thenresented additionalatching fundsf $2,500 to these two local organizations."

Connell said her share of the money will pay for, among other expenses, training, capital improvements and staff development.

"We continually have students who cannot pay for their textbooks," said Connell."Money is always needed for students and textbooks for tutors."

As any parent can attest to, caring for children is an expensive endeavor. Rogers said she looks forward to using her donation to improve operations at Payson Community Kids.

"We are using the funds for operating expenses to keep the after-school program running during the summer," said Rogers. "It is a great opportunity to provide children with good food and activities with caring adults and families. It gives us an opportunity to work together to improve our neighborhood."

For more information about the Modern Woodmen of America, contact Terry at (928) 468-1111 or visit the organization's website at: www.modern-woodmen.org.

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