On Give to the Max Day, people and businesses in the Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian area stepped up to make a difference. Here is our recent Letter to the Editor, with a Thank you to everyone who contributed, and more about the ECI projects.
Letter to the Editor – They Gave to the Max to ECI!
The BOLD Early Childhood Initiative Committee (ECI) would like to thank all the individual donors who helped us reach our 2013 fundraising goal of $1600 during November’s Give to the Max Day. These donations were then generously matched by several local banks for a total over $3200. We want to thank Hometown Bank of Olivia, F&M Bank of Olivia, Frandsen Bank and Trust of Bird Island, and Citizen’s Alliance Bank of Lake Lillian for helping our youngest community members.
All funds raised will continue to be used toward BOLD ECI’s mission of promoting the overall development of children age birth to five and their caregivers through outreach, innovative efforts, and community partnerships. In the past three years BOLD ECI has partnered with our local libraries to provide stickers, toys, and other prizes for kids in the “1000 Books Read Before Kindergarten”. ECI has provided 200 free tickets to Willmar Stinger Books-N-Baseball games where the players read to kids on the field encouraging early literacy. ECI partners with the United Way of West Central Minnesota to supply backpacks filled with school supplies for BOLD preschoolers. ECI helped fund monies toward the installment of twelve changing tables in local facilities. We have donated $2000 match grants toward the cities of Bird Island, Olivia, and Lake Lillian to improve playground equipment aimed at kids five years of age and younger. The City of Lake Lillian has already installed several pieces. Please check them out! The ECI sponsors an annual free concert with mini resource fair for families to network with local health, social, and school agencies to help evaluate the needs of our kids before school starts. It is also a great time for kids and their families. The ECI has also sponsored “Tubs of Fun” at each communities summer festival days. We continue to look for ways to help improve the social, educational, and health needs of the youngest kids in our community.
Did you know that every dollar invested in early childhood saves $17 in welfare assistance, special education, and law enforcement later? And currently only 50% of children in Minnesota are fully prepared for kindergarten? The BOLD ECI wants to thank all of our individual and business sponsors for their continued financial support of our efforts to improve the outlook for kids in our community. We believe your investment is well spent helping our youngest community members thrive. Thank you for your support!
You can learn more about the BOLD ECI or volunteering on our website at www.boldeci.com or Like Us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BOLDECI. The BOLD ECI is supported by the Southwest Initiative Foundation.
The BOLD ECI (Early Childhood Initiative) Committee