MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Join to Promote Literacy through Book Donations
DALLAS: MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer and payment services company, is excited to announce that the MoneyGram Foundation and U.S.-based nonprofit organization First Book concluded the multi-city Dia de los Libros (Children's Book Day) event series in Los Angeles.The program, designed to inspire a passion for reading in under-resourced neighborhoods, provided $25,500 for high-quality reading materials in schools nationwide. The series of events launched at Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Chicago, the second installment was held in MoneyGram's headquarter city of Dallas at John F. Peeler Elementary School, and the final Dia de los Libros event of this year was held on October 18, 2017 at Belvedere Elementary School in Los Angeles - which received a $3,500 grant to purchase books.
The interactive event featured a futbolero performance and a book reading by MoneyGram chairman, Pam Patsley. Students, and additional representatives from MoneyGram, First Book and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) attended, Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Field Deputy Cindy Muro of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's office, who provided educational materials, as well as a representative from 98 Cent and Up Outlet, MoneyGram's friend in business.
An additional $1,500 will be given to support more LAUSD schools to purchase much-needed books to improve reading programs for students, marking the second grant the MoneyGram Foundation has awarded in Los Angeles to support literacy.
With a longstanding goal of inspiring minds at an early age, the MoneyGram Foundation believes education leads to better long-term economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment - not just for individual children, but also for entire families and their communities.