DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer and payment services company, is excited to announce that the MoneyGram Foundation and U.S.-based nonprofit organization First Book concluded the multi-city Día de los Libros (Children's Book Day) event series in Los Angeles. The program, designed to inspire a passion for reading in under-resourced neighborhoods, provided $25,500 for high-quality reading materials in schools nationwide. The series of events launched at Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Chicago, the second installment was held in MoneyGram's headquarter city of Dallas at John F. Peeler Elementary School, and the final Día de los Libros event of this year was held on October 18, 2017 at Belvedere Elementary School in Los Angeles – which received a $3,500 grant to purchase books.
The interactive event featured a futbolero performance and a book reading by MoneyGram chairman, Pam Patsley. Students, and additional representatives from MoneyGram, First Book and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) attended, Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Field Deputy Cindy Muro of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard's office, who provided educational materials, as well as a representative from 98 Cent and Up Outlet, MoneyGram's friend in business.
An additional $1,500 will be given to support more LAUSD schools to purchase much-needed books to improve reading programs for students, marking the second grant the MoneyGram Foundation has awarded in Los Angeles to support literacy.
With a longstanding goal of inspiring minds at an early age, the MoneyGram Foundation believes education leads to better long-term economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment – not just for individual children, but also for entire families and their communities.
About MoneyGram Foundation
MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. To learn more, please visit moneygramfoundation.org or connect with us on Facebook.
About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.
About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education—making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more—affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in North America exclusively serving kids in need.
SOURCE MoneyGram Foundation