The Valier Public Library was recently awarded an $3,500 Youth Technology Grant by 3 Rivers Communications. The Valier library serves the small rural community of about 550 people, providing books, access to the Internet, a place to socialize and other learning opportunities.
The grant went towards the purchase of an AWE Learning All-in-One Computer for pre-school through second grade children. The program includes science, technology, reading, art & music and math content.
“Emergent readers also need computer skills at a young age to be more competitive at school,” said the library’s Cathy Brandvold. “The program will also help ease the transition from home to school,” she added.
Dave Gibson, 3 Rivers’ CEO/GM stated, “As we work towards bringing fiber optics to every home and business we serve, 3 Rivers also remains committed to giving back to our rural communities by funding projects like this. As a member-owned cooperative, it’s part of our mission to help improve the areas we serve.”
3 Rivers’ Youth Technology Grant program provides funding for projects that benefit the youth of communities we serve by enhancing access to, or increasing knowledge and use of, technology in specific measurable ways. More information on how to apply for a grant can be found on 3rivers.net under Grants & Sponsorships.