PRESS RELEASE: Pontiac Rotary donates over 400 books to OLHSA’s Head Start preschoolers

Pontiac, Mich., October 6, 2015 - OLHSA, a Community Action Agency, recently received 421 books for its Head Start preschoolers from the Rotary Club of Pontiac. The books were awarded to the club through a grant received by Detroit Public Television (DPTV), thanks to a generous donation from PBS KIDS and  

“After receiving the DPTV book grant, OLHSA’s Head Start program immediately popped into our heads when thinking of what organization to donate the books to,” said Candy Geeter, president of the Rotary Club of Pontiac. “It just made sense that we would give them to an organization that helps so many children in our community learn and grow each year.”

OLHSA’s Head Start children are given books to read in the classroom, however they don’t necessarily have books of their own at home. “Our goal is to build personal libraries for every one of our students so they can use the books in the classroom during the school year and take them home in the summer to continue developing their reading skills,” said Susan Harding, Director of Early Childhood Services at OLHSA. “The donation from the rotary club has a significant impact on our goal of obtaining 3,500 books for our children and we couldn't be more grateful.”

OLHSA is honored to be chosen as the recipient of the books and is grateful for this help towards enhancing the personal libraries of Head Start preschoolers. This month OLHSA is holding Run to Read, an event in which participants will donate books in lieu of a registration fee. The Rotary Club donation is perfectly timed with OLHSA’s book event and campaign, which has a goal of receiving two books for each of the 1,700 preschoolers in OLHSA’s Oakland County Head Start.

Those interested in donating a book to OLHSA’s Head Start program can visit OLHSA’s website at and find more information about Run to Read, happening on October 17 at Friendship Park in Lake Orion.
OLHSA serves approximately 1,700 children on average per year through its 18 Head Start locations in Oakland County. Currently 460 children are enrolled in our Head Start program at OLHSA’s main Pontiac location.
Detroit Public Television is committed to providing free, readily available learning resources that spark children’s curiosity and the development of early literacy skills.

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 178,000 services were provided in 2014 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives.

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