Farmington Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 — Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is kicking off National Library Week and National Volunteer Week with a program to help provide early literacy resources and funds to support the education of children affected by the Flint water crisis. Gale is donating one year of free access to Miss Humblebee's Academy to the Flint Public Library, and partnering with the United Way of Genesee County to raise money for the Flint community.
"It is imperative to participate in solving the crisis affecting so many families here in our home state of Michigan, and we want to contribute to the education of the children in Flint," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. "I think this employee-driven initiative is a good example of our culture at Cengage Learning, as we truly believe in the power and joy of learning."
This multi-part charity effort runs from April through July 2016. Working together with the United Way of Genesee County, Gale will raise money for the Flint Public Library, the Genesee Intermediate School District and SKIP to a Great Start preschool programs.
Miss Humblebee's Academy, which will be available through the Flint Public Library to area libraries, schools and preschools, is Gale's online early literacy program, designed to help better prepare children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten. The easy-to-use, interactive and mobile-accessible solution offers hundreds of lessons across academic subjects along with weekly progress reports and assessments to measure proficiency and learning outcomes. Gale and the Michigan Electronic Library will partner to train local librarians in using the product.
The initiative is part of Gale Cares, an overarching program representing Gale's various corporate social responsibility activities throughout the year.
Anyone wishing to donate directly to the United Way's Flint Water Fund can visit http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/flintwaterfund.
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About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional, library and workforce development markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.