Nearly $6,000 in literacy grants awarded in Routt County |

Nearly $6,000 in literacy grants awarded in Routt County

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation recently announced the recipients of its annual grants that promote literacy, reading and writing skills. The foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Since 2008, more than $620,000 has been awarded to organizations in the communities where Swift conducts business. This year’s Routt County grant recipients include:

• Horizons Specialized Services, $1,862
Funds will be used for an early intervention program that encourages language development for children ages birth to 3 with intellectual or developmental delays or disabilities.

• Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, $1,087
Funds will be used to purchase Grand Shelters Igloos kits to allow 30 children to learn how to build an Igloo, study their history and write a book.

• Steamboat Springs Middle School, $1,500
Funds will be used for a reading promotion program that emphasizes diversity in reading through Playaways audiobooks and print books.

• Tread of Pioneers Historical Commission, $1,500
Funds will be used for the newspaper photo archival project, which will preserve, organize, digitize and provide public access to the Steamboat Pilot photo archive.

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