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Thorntown Public Library in Indiana receives $2,000 Perdue Foundation grant for children’s summer reading program

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Perdue Farms representatives present a $2,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to support the Thorntown Public Library's Children's Summer Reading Program. From left are Tom Schaffer, Perdue director of Live Operations, Christine Sterle, library director, Barb Lebo, children's librarian, and Michael Maroney, Perdue breeder manager in Thorntown.
Salisbury, Md. (Tuesday, June 14, 2016) — The Thorntown Public Library has received a $2,000 grant from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to help fund the Children’s Summer Reading Program for 2016. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

“Summer reading is an important component in a child’s development and education,” said Barb Lebo, children’s librarian at the Thorntown Public Library. “The six-week program encourages reading and learning during the summer, a time when reading is often neglected and children lose their learning momentum in the educational process. We are grateful to Perdue and the Foundation for their financial support.” 

The Children’s Summer Reading Program, which began in June, primarily targets elementary school-age children that need to work on their reading skills, although the program is open to anyone up to age 18. As Lebo explains, the summer reading program addresses the “summer slide – the tendency to lose some of the achievement gains children make during the previous school year.”

“At Perdue, we are committed to enhancing the communities in which our associates live and work. We do this by addressing a number of priorities, one of which is education,” said Michael Maroney, manager of Perdue’s breeder operations in Thorntown. “We are very happy to provide funding for the Thorntown Library’s Summer Reading Program. We hope that our grant helps assure a fun and learning-filled summer for the children.”

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.

About The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.®


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