News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Children’s Literacy Foundation, along with 60 storytellers, poets and authors, work year-round visiting housing projects, libraries, shelters, and schools in Vermont and neighboring New Hampshire, giving out free books to children, said the Times Argus.. The hope is that the books fuel a lifelong passion for and joy of reading. While book donations are common in other states, Vermont goes that extra step by using storytelling and workshops run by local authors and parents. Duncan McDougall, founder of the nonprofit foundation 12 years ago, says, “We believe so strongly that inspiring kids to become strong readers and writers opens so many doors for them.” The program also serves refugee children and children of prison inmates, along with the child care centers and Head Start programs. McDougall not only delivers new books, but delivers the books’ content utilizing his active storytelling skills with the children. The foundation raises its annual $308,000 budget from contributions from individuals, corporations, other foundations, and social organizations. Go to the Children’s Literacy Foundation at to see how you can help.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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