Waste Management donated $5,000 to Cortland Community Library to help support the library's summer reading programs.
“We are so thankful for this donation to help kids keep their brains active this summer. It really takes the whole community to make sure these kids are successful, so we are always excited when these donations come in,” library director Barb Coward said.
Some of the $5,000 will go towards children’s activities to celebrate the library’s 30th anniversary at the Town of Cortland Summer Fest. It will also help fund the library’s “Lunch and Listen” summer series, which provides elementary school-aged children the opportunity to listen and read along to an audio book while having lunch. Portions of the donation will also fund summer reading prizes that encourage children to read at least 100 minutes each week.
“We are always happy to help where we can, especially when it comes to children. We’re grateful to have this partnership with Cortland Community Library to help keep kids engaged in reading over the summer,” said Mike Hey, district manager of Waste Management’s DeKalb Landfill.
Waste Management and Cortland Community Library encourage parents to take an active role in reading to their children this summer.
“Reading to children, even babies and toddlers, provides a huge advancement in vocabulary and understanding of the world before they even enter school,” Coward said.