Log Cabin Literary Center Receives $55K Grant 

We all know the Log Cabin provides a valuable community service with their educational and cultural programs like the Readings and Conversations series--which brings in big name writers and personalities to speak to Boise audiences--and their writing classes taught by local scribes in the know. And like other arts organizations, the Log Cabin is always in need of more funding.

The Steele-Reese Foundation (which provides grants for projects in education, health, social welfare, the humanities and the environment) has recognized the Log Cabin's need, their Writers in the Schools (WITS) program has received a cash injection in the form of a $55,000, five-year grant.

The Log Cabin's WITS program is in 35 classrooms and its writers teach weekly during the entire school year, making it one of the most geographically widespread and sustained arts programs available. One of the Steele-Reese Foundation's emphases is in the area of rural education, and this year WITS teaching writers are working in classrooms in Melba, Wilder, Horseshoe Bend, Bruneau, Grandview, Marsing, Payette and the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock Reservation. Other WITS classrooms are located in Caldwell, Nampa, Pocatello and Boise. Most WITS classrooms work with high-risk students in such settings as juvenile detention centers, after school programs, teen parenting programs, alternative schools and traditional classrooms, so the Steele-Reese Foundation's money will be put to good use.

For more information about the Log Cabin's educational and cultural programs, visit their Web site at logcablit.org or call them at 331-8000.

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