The gift, said Katie Allan Zobel, AEF President, will allow the foundation “to make a substantial investment in our public school students next year . . . [it] will enable us to target our grantmaking to those critical areas where we see the greatest opportunity for enhancing innovation and teaching excellence.”
Pioneer Valley Books has a longtime commitment to public education and literacy. Company co-founder and president Michèle Dufresne is a literacy expert and former teacher in the Amherst schools.
“I can remember several teachers at Crocker Farm receiving a grant from AEF,” said Dufresne about her experience with AEF as a teacher. “It allowed us to provide books to children who had limited access to books over the summer. I am so pleased Pioneer Valley Books has an opportunity to give back, and support area teachers in their special projects.”
Pioneer Valley Books’ mission is to provide educators and parents with high quality books and other resources to support beginning readers in the successful acquisition of reading.