Pam LaFrenz, executive director, announced today that the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) received a $3,320 donation from Maxion Wheels on Feb. 5 to support the Agency’s Head Start initiative for early childhood literacy.
MVCAA Head Start Director Cindy Gabbert said, “Research tells us that reading at home is one of the best ways for children to be successful in school. Many low-income families cannot afford to purchase quality books for their children. Maxion’s donation will allow MVCAA Head Start to host three separate literacy events over the next year.”
The funds will be used to purchase over 1500 books, allowing each child to select 3 books to take home. Over 500 children enrolled in MVCAA Head Start, infants through age 5, in a seven-county area will be impacted. According to Maxion Wheels Plant Manager, Edie Reaves, “We are excited to be able to provide local children with opportunities for early reading. Reading opens new doors; books open new worlds. This program is a wonderful way for Maxion to be involved in the communities we work and live in.”
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage communities and focus resources to end poverty. The Agency serves residents in Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline County. MVCAA offers programs for energy assistance, family support and development, early childhood education, home weatherization and rental assistance. (Submitted photo)