All Kids Should Have Access to Arts and Education Programs - for FREE!
Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, a service agency serving public libraries and library patrons in Southern Minnesota, is seeking donations for arts and educational programs in our libraries. With cuts in school budgets occurring annually, districts often make the difficult decision of cutting supplemental educational programs and the arts in schools in order to continue funding core classes. Kids and their families turn to other community organizations to provide these opportunities, and some just miss out on them altogether if they don't have the means to pay for program fees or equipment.
As well as having opportunities to participate in programs that schools may not be able to provide, children and youth who participate in out-of-school-time programming are
more likely than their non-participating peers to do well in school, get sufficient
physical exercise, and avoid involvement in risky behaviors. However, there are
concerns that there are inequities in access to out-of-school time programs, particularly for those
from lower-income families. Libraries are one place that families can take advantage of arts and supplemental programs during out-of-school time, at no cost to them!
Your public library also provides a safe and stable environment. Library programs help your community address child safety issues, especially
for children living in poverty.
Public library programs can help meet the personal and social needs of
youth and help them feel safe, cared for, useful and valued.
Please consider a gift to Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative today, and make sure all children and families in your community have free and equal access to educational programs in your community!