Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Popular Author Speaks to Students

Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) wanted to bring awareness and excitement to their students about the importance of reading, writing and history in early 2017. They set a goal to have nationally-known author and Michigan native, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, speak with students.

The Kellogg Youth Fund made this goal possible for SHA.  Panagopoulos is noted for the authentic historical fiction she has written about Michigan and the surrounding area. She spoke to individual classes at SHA in March, tailoring messages to each grade level. She provided information in a way that makes the past come alive for her readers.

She met with students in grades two through six and offered a 45-minute presentation that engaged the students in a story brought to life by her personal animation. She also met with the youngest students at SHA, sharing a special message to help them develop a love of reading and books. She made a stop at the Chippewa River District Library to hold a special reading program open to children across the community. “She brings reading alive for your youngsters and instills a love of books which will last a lifetime.”

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