MANKATO, Minn. — The most recent Books for Kids campaign received a donation of $8,400 from Mayo Clinic Health System. The program, which Greater Mankato Area United Way coordinates, distributes free books and newsletters with parenting and community information to area families.
“Books for Kids helps families in Greater Mankato achieve successful developmental outcomes for their children during the earliest years of life, which can have a lifelong impact,” says Elizabeth Braun, community impact director at Greater Mankato Area United Way. “Books for Kids is such a vital program, in part, because it is the only program in our region that reaches all family and provides the consistent message that reading is an important tool for understanding the world, achieving academic success and succeeding in the workforce.”
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato’s annual contribution to Books for Kids helps fund the cost of printing and mailing parenting education newsletters each month.
“Books for Kids promotes better education and lives for our community’s youth, which is why Mayo Clinic Health System is thrilled to be a contributing partner year after year,” says Greg Kutcher, M.D., regional president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System. “Connecting with our community in meaningful ways and helping to enhance the lives of others is extremely important to our organization.”
Families from the Mankato area are automatically signed up for the Books for Kids program when they have a baby at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. Families can also sign up by calling the Greater Mankato Area United Way office at 507-345-4551.
Along with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato’s donation, Books for Kids is made possible through donations from Capstone Publishing and MRCI.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of Mayo-owned clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 70 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest quality health care close to home.