[Savage, Minn] — Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO announced an $800 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community today. The grant will be used to purchase classroom books as part of a literacy focus to engage reluctant readers and reflect diversity.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and their support of this effort to provide all of our students with access to books featuring diverse protagonists and exciting formats like graphic novels,” said Erin Huber, Harriet Bishop Elementary third grade teacher.

This grant will add new books to each classroom library in the K-5 school. Providing books with diverse characters can help students see themselves in the literature and foster a larger interest in reading.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. The SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening the Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services.

Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO

The Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO is a nonprofit with the mission of supporting and enhancing all learning opportunities for students at Harriet Bishop Elementary in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage  School District 191.

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