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Littleton Residents Help Fund Literacy Programming and Free Book Distribution at BGCL

July 27, 2017

Bruce Hauben and Joyce Brinton grew up in homes full of books complemented by frequent trips to the library with their parents. Since learning three years ago that many youth members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence don't have similar opportunities, they have pledged their annual commitment to funding literacy-based programming through the club's education center.

The most recent grant through the Helen G. Hauben Foundation (named for Bruce's late mother) funded the gifting of more than 500 free books to youth members. The club's comprehensive academic program includes daily homework help during the academic year, college and career preparation, family literacy nights, book clubs for early readers and middle school students, author visits, field trips, literacy kits, a Read Aloud program pairing volunteers with youth members, and the prestigious Bread Loaf and A Slice of Bread Loaf writing workshops in partnership with the Phillips Academy Andover Teacher Network.

"We're very appreciative to Bruce and Joyce for their continuing generosity," said Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. "Their focus on literacy is introducing a new world of creative writing and arts to our youth members, and unlocking the potential within them."

Hauben said he and his wife are pleased to help instill a love of reading in a new generation of children.

"We know how important it is for kids to develop the habit of reading at an early age, because then it will continue," he said. "Not only do books broaden your horizon, but the knowledge and skills learned through reading open up academic avenues."

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