The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications — the parent company of the Tahoe Daily Tribune — awarded 32 grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs focusing on the arts, languages and sciences. Since 2008, more than $234,000 has been awarded to non-profit organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.
This year, applications were of even higher quality than previous years and more than $61,000 has been awarded to those organizations that shined a little brighter than the others. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation thanks the many groups that took the time and energy to apply and encourages those that were not selected this year to submit applications in the future. For more information, visit the Bessie Minor website at www.bessieminorswift.org.
Awarded grants were:
Bijou Community School Library was awarded $2,000 for purchase of 180 natural science books in areas including astronomy, earth science, paleontology and zoological sciences. The 583 students at Bijou Community School visit the library each week for story time, and these materials will update their offerings.
Friends of the Library South Lake Tahoe Chapter was awarded $1,000 for purchase of paperback books to be used in teen book groups at the local juvenile treatment center. Book groups are geared to increasing literacy, comprehension, oral expression and empathy for others.
Tahoe Valley Elementary School was awarded $2,500 for purchase of leveled, high-interest, non-fiction texts that are at a low-readability level for upper primary students. These will be used to develop reading skills while also developing background knowledge, vocabulary and higher-order thinking skills and to train adults in methods to accelerate reading skills while incorporating STEM.