Local Non-Profit Finalist for Literacy Grant

Winners will be selected by public vote online

Denniston International, a non-profit organization run by Nelsonville resident Danielle Pack McCarthy, has been named one of six finalists for the 2016 Better World Books Literacy Award. Based on a public vote, two of the six finalists will each receive a $5,000 grant.

McCarthy said the funding would be used for a initiative called Leaders as Readers that would train underserved students in the Caribbean as “roving readers.” These students would travel to families in their village to read to infants and toddlers who have no books and are rarely read to at home.┬áThe grant would fund a local teacher to train the students, facilitate the project and pay for a shipment of donated books from Better World Books.

Each individual can vote once per day for the project through Friday, June 17. Visit betterworldbooks.com. For more information about Denniston International, visit dennistoninternational.org.

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