LACE Facilitates Library Grant
The Lodi Area Community Endowment (LACE) recently helped Lodi natives John and Judy Steele award a $1,000 grant to the Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library to fund youth literacy stations and help promote the establishment of LACE.
Lodi librarian Kristine Millard said, “This computer system is loaded with games and activities that increase intellectual and computer literacy. The previous units were so old and slow that they were rarely used. Now, with the upgraded hardware provided by the Steeles, children are on the computers significantly more and this is summer! We expect even greater use once school starts. Designed for children in preschool to sixth grade, this software increases literacy quickly and at a younger age. Children who use our programs may not have computers at home.”
John and Mary Steele both graduated from Lodi High School and feel it is important to give back to the community. The Steeles were enthusiastic supporters of LACE from its inception in 2009, contributing $6,000 to the fund itself.
John told the Lodi Enterprise newspaper, “We know what these foundations can do for communities. It's really an opportunity to do some good things for our area."
The endowment currently holds about $65,000. When the balance reaches the goal of $100,000, the LACE Advisory Committee will begin the process of awarding annual distributions to Lodi area organizations.
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