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Counting Down the Top 40 Foundation Grants of All Time #33: Elementary Backpack Readers (1992) and Kindergarten Classic Storybooks (2023)

cover of The Snowy Day

They’re only books, right? 

Well, try telling that to an East Grand Rapids Student from the last 31 years since the Foundation funded a grant for Elementary Backpack Readers. Books to call their own for a little while, books at their level, books that turn beginning readers into lifelong readers. 

Or try telling that to this year’s kindergarteners who have all new editions of classic storybooks that have entertained and educated students for generations. 

Sure, they’re only books. Just like our students are only kids. 

Thank you, Foundation donors, for making this possible! You can help support our mission of investing in educational enhancements for all our students on our Donate page.

  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Sue and Marty Allen
  • The Bissell/Kruer Family
    The Bissell/Kruer Family
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Jason and Elizabeth Christopherson
  • Pat Connor
    Pat Connor
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • John and Deanna Green
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Dave Mehney
    Dave Mehney
  • Matthew Richenthal
    Matthew Richenthal
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Beth Wells Skaggs
    Beth Wells Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Charley and Janine Thompson
    Charley and Janine Thompson