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Dear Reader,

In light of all the developmental opportunities that Vermont schoolchildren have missed due to Covid-19 safety restrictions, VTDigger is giving our readers the chance to support both our rigorous journalism and transformative children’s literacy programming during a crucial time.

If you can afford it, we’re asking you to become a member this April. Your gift will help support educational recovery for Vermont kids and help power our reporting on Covid-19 recovery efforts across the state.

This month, VTDigger is partnering with the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF), a trusted nonprofit organization that provides engaging, high-quality programming and brand-new books to low-income, at-risk and rural Vermont children.

For each member donation we receive, we will send one book to a child. CLiF is using the books we raise through this drive for its summer reading programs. which are more important than ever this year. CLiF events take place across the state year round, bringing Vermont authors and illustrators to young audiences to inspire excitement around reading. As part of each event, CLiF distributes brand-new children’s books.

Oftentimes, even in normal years, the first book kids receive from CLiF is the first children’s book they’ve ever owned, says CLiF communications coordinator Erika Nichols-Frazer.

Already, our members have sent 500 new children’s books that will go to 500 Vermont kids who are at an even greater risk of growing up with low literacy skills due to Covid-19 impacts.

Our goal is 3,000 books. Can you help us hit 1,000 in by the end of the week?

Thank you for your readership and support,

Anne Galloway
Founder and Editor, VTDigger

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We are halfway through our Spring Drive. Will you support local journalism and help us send brand new books to 3,000 Vermont children by April 30? We will send one book for every donation we receive through our partnership with the Children's Literacy Foundation.

Anne Galloway

About Anne

Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. Galloway founded VTDigger in 2009 after she was laid off from her position as Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. VTDigger has grown from a $16,000 a year nonprofit with no employees to a $2 million nonprofit daily news operation with a staff of 25. In 2017, Galloway was a finalist for the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics, the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors FOIA Award for her investigation into allegations of foreign investor fraud at Jay Peak Resort.

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