Shel Silverstein's poetry book provided through United Way and Olseth Family Foundation
On Wednesday, May 23, St. Peter fourth-graders were surprised with their own copies of brand-new Shel Silverstein poetry book, courtesy of Greater Mankato Area United Way and the Olseth Family Foundation.
Staff from Greater Mankato Area United Way and volunteers from Pfizer delivered the books to classrooms at St. Peter Lutheran and North Elementary, inviting students to pick their favorite poems to read aloud together.
The deliveries were made possible through a grant to Greater Mankato Area United Way from the Olseth Family Foundation to provide 1,600 brand-new, hard copy books of Shel Silverstein’s "Where the Sidewalk Ends" to fourth-grade students throughout the region.
“This initiative highlights the joy of poetry and the importance of access to books,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “We are thrilled to provide regional students with their own book, and we are grateful to the Olseth Family Foundation for its commitment to literacy.”
United Way staff began regional deliveries last month with the help of various community volunteers and will complete the deliveries next week.
This is the second year that the Olseth Family Foundation has donated Silverstein books to regional fourth-graders.
About Greater Mankato Area United Way
Greater Mankato Area United Way works to improve people’s lives by ensuring that the areas of basic needs, health and education stay strong and balanced in our region. In 2018, our United Way is supporting 57 essential programs in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.
Last year, Greater Mankato Area United Way programs served nearly 12,000 residents of Nicollet County.