Scripps' Phoenix television station KNXV is so committed to the local literacy effort, members of the management team visited Balsz Elementary School to see how the children are benefiting from the Dictionary Gift Project that's sponsored by the Assistance League of Phoenix.
"We believe so strongly that reading is such a big part of a child's growth and development that we all took books to donate and then spent time in their library volunteering," said Anita Helt, vice president and general manager at KNXV. “By experiencing this project firsthand, we have seen the value added to the education of sixth grade students.”
The Scripps Howard Foundation was so impressed with the project - and KNXV's commitment - a $10,000 foundation literacy grant is on its way to support the nonprofit agency's work in Title I schools.
The grant will provide support to the Dictionary Project. The book becomes a personal gift for each student to use in school and at home. It is a dictionary with an embedded thesaurus.
The dictionaries are distributed in each classroom by Assistance League members, students are given instruction for using this valuable tool; and the bookplate where they write their name bearing the ABC15 logo reminds them of the station’s support.
The Scripps Howard Foundation has given more than $4 million dollars in grants since it committed itself to supporting literacy in 1986.