603 books gifted to local elementary school students

Did you see that local elementary school student stepping off of the bus a few weeks ago, a giant smile on her face, and a few new books held tightly in her hand? Well, there’s a good chance that she got them as a gift from the Plant a Book, Grow a Child program, which is run by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club. The fact is, due to generous donations from people like you, our long standing local business donors like Bank of Estes Park, and our nonprofit friends like Bright Christmas, we were able to put 603 books into the hands of 359 students at Estes Park Elementary School this year. The Applegate family started this program in 2016, and since then it has given out an unbelievable 3,904 books to 1,654 local children, at a cost of $23,800. Debbie Holmes, the elementary school librarian (and last year’s Katie Speer Philanthropist of the Year, in recognition of her work for Plant a Book), “makes the magic happen” year after year, and is the biggest reason that the program has been such a success. Any expenses from the program, from day until now, are paid by the Applegate’s, so donors can rest assured that every penny of every dollar donated goes toward books for kids. If you would like to join the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club in putting books into the hands (and smiles onto the faces) of local kids who might not otherwise receive them, please send your donation to:

EVSR—Plant a Book

PO Box 4261

Estes Park, CO 80517

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