Local youth shares love of reading

Rachel Ley, 13, of Stevens Point recently received a GenerationOn $250 mini-grant. Each year GenerationOn, a global youth service organization, challenges youth across the nation to make their mark on the world by helping others. Ley used the grant she received to purchase books for Literacy for Little Ones, a program she created that promotes the importance of reading to children.

In April 2009 Rachel and her friends delivered the first batch of books on behalf of Literacy for Little Ones to babies born at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital. Since then Literacy for Little Ones continues to donate books to the hospital in the hopes that others will share in Ley’s love of reading.

“We are so proud to be the recipients of these donations,” stated Cindy Weisbrod, RN, Nurse Manager at Ministry Saint Michael’s Women and Infant Center. “Not only do parents of babies born at Ministry Saint Michael’s love them, but for us it’s a token of how the hospital and community members like Rachel can work together to make a stronger community.”

In 2009 Rachel was one of 69 students in the world to receive a Youth Service America Disney Minnie Grant to help further her literacy project. Rachel continues her efforts in gaining funds to supply books by presenting at various community meetings, including a recent Stevens Point School Board meeting where she received an on-the-spot donation from an inspired community member.

Interested donors can contact Saint Michael’s Foundation at 715-346-5349, or email Literacy for Little Ones founder, Rachel Ley at literacyforlittleones@gmail.com.

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