International Paper Company supports local nonprofit

PLATTSBURGH Mountain Lake PBS is to receive $2,000 from an International Paper Company Foundation grant, provided through International Paper. The grant will support the public television stations literacy program by funding books for children.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, International Paper is a global forest products, paper and packaging company that holds offices in Ticonderoga, New York. The company contributes to local communities through its corporate donations, in-kind contributions and through the International Paper Company Foundation. Mountain Lake PBS applied for grant money from the foundation to support its literacy workshops and was awarded the money in late July.

Mountain Lakes literacy workshops are for parents, teachers and caregivers of youngsters from birth to grade 3. The workshops teach research-based literacy strategies, provide techniques for effective read-alouds, and teach ways to use televised programming to teach literacy skills. The workshops also stress the importance of early learning for future language development, as well as encourage the use of multi-media to teach reading skills, and provide participants with ideas for using activities that children enjoy to increase motivation. The grant money from the International Paper Company Foundation will enable Mountain Lake PBS to acquire more books for the workshops and possibly expand the geographic reach for where the workshops are conducted.

For more information about the International Paper Company Foundation, call 800-207-4003, and for information on the literacy workshops provided by Mountain Lake PBS, or to participate, contact Jane Owens, Director of Outreach and Education, at 800-836-5700, ext. 130.

Mountain Lake PBS reaches over two million American and Canadian viewers, and works to create programming with a distinctive Champlain Valley and Adirondack focus. Popular ongoing series include Roadside Adventures, Adirondack Outdoors, Art Express and Mountain Lake Journal which feature stories on issues, people and the arts throughout the Adirondacks, Eastern Vermont, Montreal and Quebec. Other recent documentary productions include the nationally distributed Call of the Loon, and in current release, Inside Adirondacks: Creating the Wild Center.

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