For the third year in a row, the Olseth Family Foundation has given a grant to Greater Mankato Area
United Way to provide new copies of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends to fourth-grade
students throughout the region as part its “Fourth-Grade Book Project.”

What: Join us as we pass out books to Monroe Elementary fourth-graders and read poems

When: 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21

Where: Monroe Elementary, 441 Monroe Ave.
North Mankato, MN 56003

Who: Marti Sievek, Interim Director of Teaching & Learning at District #77
Barb Kaus, CEO of Greater Mankato Area United Way
Local police and community volunteers

More info: Throughout April and May, Greater Mankato Area United Way has been distributing
1,700 books to students and teachers throughout United Way’s service area of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.

United Way staff and volunteers deliver the books to each school, interacting with students about reading and giving them an opportunity to read poems aloud.

The project is one example of Greater Mankato Area United Way’s literacy initiatives,
which include the region-wide Books for Kids program for infants and preschoolers.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued generosity of the Olseth Family Foundation,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “It is a joy to see the excitement of the students—and the teachers—when they receive their own book. We know that reading is essential in developing lifelong learners, and these books, in particular, demonstrate how fun reading and poetry can be.”