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Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers Acadia Chapter awarded $25,000 grant for literacy project in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers Acadia Chapter awarded $25,000 grant for literacy project in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island10:36 EDT Wednesday, October 05, 2011More than $520,000 awarded to local community projects all across North Americato commemorate Pioneer 100th AnniversaryHALIFAX, Oct. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Grade four students across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will receive dictionaries and picture books through a $25,000 grant awarded to the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers Acadia Chapter literacy project. This project will benefit more than 40,000 students in both provinces over the next five years.The project includes delivering dictionaries to every fourth grade classroom across Prince Edward Island and to provide a set of six picture books to every fourth grade classroom across Nova Scotia. The Chapter has also contributed $10,000 towards the project giving a total of $35,000 to help with literacy across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island."We take pride in helping the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow," said Joe Rowledge, President Acadia Chapter Pioneers. "This partnership with the Department of Education shows how through team work we can make a tangible change. It is so encouraging to be involved with this Centennial project as the Pioneers celebrate 100 years as a volunteer organization with such a strong commitment to their communities."In celebration of the Pioneers 100 years of service, volunteerism and philanthropy, the Pioneers Volunteer Community Grants Program is providing more than $520,000 in grant funds to give back and make a difference in 21 communities across North America.The grants range in size from $10,000-$50,000 in communities spanning North America from Texas to Prince Edward Island.The Centennial Grants Program was designed to engage Pioneers with their communities, as well as the public sector, in order to address already existing community needs, such as parks, recreation centres and schools.The Pioneers Acadia Chapter will present the books to the school at a 100th birthday celebration with the students across several small communities as well as Sydney, Halifax and Charlottetown.About the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers The Bell Aliant Pioneers are a dynamic network of volunteers who move those in need from adversity to achievement. They've been working together for a hundred years now, and the positive impact they've had on the lives of the people they serve is immeasurable. They're confident in their ability to continue making the world a better place, starting right in their own hometowns. Deeply connected to their communities, each other and their sponsor Bell Aliant, they are committed to meeting the unique needs of their local communities through a number of grassroots projects and programs. The work of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contributes to Bell Aliant's overall community investment program.The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers are part of TelecomPioneers, the largest industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The TelecomPioneers boast nearly 620,000 men and women throughout Canada and the United States who work together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.For further information: Candace Salkey Manager, Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers (800) 565-1436 candace.salkey@bellaliant.caFor media inquiries, please contact: Isabelle Robinson Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs (877) 799-6299