LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)– The PNC Foundation has announced that it is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to Lexington Public Library, as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great®, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool learners by providing community-based educational experiences for families with young children or professional learning and skill-development for current or future early childhood educators.
Fayette County Public Schools plans to use the grant money toward its First 5 Lex – Read, Talk & Play from Cradle to Kindergarten program. The initiative gives families and caregivers access to information about early learning and connects them to fun, stimulating, age-appropriate activities that will support their young children’s development and learning.
The Lexington Public Library’s new initiative, Destination Kindergarten, was launched this year to provide activities, events, resources and support for parents, caretakers and childcare providers for children from birth to age 5.
In addition to the $150,000 investment, Gohmann announced that in April, PNC customers, employees and other community members collected 1,881 children’s books that will be distributed to early learning organizations as part of the “Great Big Book Drive.” The books will be donated to Fayette County Public Schools, Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, Clark County Preschool, Eastern Scholar House, Jessamine County Early Learning Village, KCEOC and The Nest: Center for Women, Children & Families.
PNC also announced that it purchased three iPads for The Nest: Center for Women, Children & Families and two iPads for Fayette County Public Schools.