Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Qwest Awards $5,000 to Reading Camp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Qwest Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Washington Pavilion's Reading Adventure Camp. The Reading Adventure Camp is a collaborative program between the Washington Pavilion and the Sioux Falls School District. The reading program, designed for kindergarten through fifth grade students, provides children with an interactive opportunity to make a daily text-to-world connection through visual arts, performing arts and science while simultaneously preventing summer reading loss.

"The Washington Pavilion's Reading Adventure Camp is a creative program that helps youngsters maintain their reading skills between school years," said Larry Toll, Qwest president for South Dakota. "This grant provides a unique opportunity for Qwest to make a difference in the lives of South Dakota students."

The grant money will be used for teachers and supplies for the summer session of 2007. The program is free to families who qualify - as many as 432 students from eight school sites encompassing 44 different languages can enroll.

"We are very thankful to receive the grant money from the Qwest Foundation to help fund the Reading Adventure Camp," said Chris Rossing, director of the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion. "Thanks to Qwest, we'll be closer to our goal of offering our services to students in a productive manner that will keep them at the same developmental level as their middle- and upper-classmen peers."

Qwest is a provider of full-service voice, video and data services for people at work, home and on the move. Across America and across the world, our innovative offerings evolve to meet customers' ever changing communications and entertainment needs.

The Qwest Foundation’s core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on K through grade 12 education and economic development.

This is another excellent example of a major company supporting youth literacy in the communities it serves. Qwest has a stellar history of supporting charitable endeavors throughout the nation.

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