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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Capstone Digital to Award $2 Million in Grants to Improve Literacy in Schools

NEWS RELEASE

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 9, 2011 – Capstone Digital, developer of personalized learning environments for students, announces CARE (Capstone Assisting Remarkable Educators), a $2 million grant program focused on improving literacy in schools.

As a result of the massive cuts in federal government programs, including the Improving Literacy through School Libraries Program, all K-12 public, private, parochial or charter schools in the United States are encouraged to apply for more than $2 million in matching CARE grants towards the purchase of myON reader, a personalized literacy environment that focuses on increasing student literacy rates.

“Many educators spent valuable time both in and out of the classroom developing their applications for federal funding only to be left in the dark when the federal government cut these educational programs,” said Todd Brekhus, President of Capstone Digital. “We feel that it’s extremely important to help these remarkable educators and give their schools access to programs that will help improve student reading scores.”

The CARE matching grant program will match schools funding dollar for dollar towards the purchase of myON reader, an online personalized literacy environment that matches student interests and reading levels to a recommended book list with more than 1,100 digital books. myON reader provides students with a unique online environment where they have access to the largest digital library with reading supports, gives teachers access to  personalize reading programs for their students, and gives administrators the ability to monitor and forecast reading growth based on class, grade, building and district.

Over the past 20 years, Capstone has built a rich history of philanthropy in local schools and those abroad. In 2010 alone, the company supported more than 250 initiatives through book donations, sponsorships, scholarships, and employee volunteer time. 

“Capstone offers many programs to help support school librarians stretch their budget to put more books—print or digital—in their libraries and schools.  We are excited about providing resources and tools to students, educators, and administrators to help provide unlimited reading and learning opportunities for students,” said Matt Keller, Chief Marketing Officer of Capstone.

The application and more information are available at www.TheFutureinReading.com/CARE.  

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About Capstone Digital
Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments and interactive resources. Offerings include digital books, research databases and audio books, all designed to increase fluency and reading levels for PreK-9 students. Using Capstone Digital products, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. For more information, visit www.CapstoneDigital.com.  

About Capstone
Capstone is the leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, offering everything from nonfiction, fiction, and picture books to interactive books, audio books, and literacy programs. Imprints and divisions include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Heinemann-Raintree Classroom, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, and Capstone Digital. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com. Connect with them at http://Connect.CapstonePub.com.  

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