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Hi <<First Name>>,

I’m writing on this day when we pause to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Our Nation is again wrestling with its soul, trying to come to terms with its past, its present, and who we want to be in the future in the hope that we can live up to the creed that all people are created equal.
Every individual brings unique talents, skills, and gifts into this lifetime.  This is a beautiful thing, but it conflicts with one definition of equality: sameness. How can we all be the same (equal) when we are each uniquely different?  We cannot.
As individuals we can, however, hold the same rank and receive the same merit from expressing those different personal attributes.  Same rank and merit are additional definitions of equality.  These are the definitions from which I believe “all people are created equal” is derived.
The problem arises when a society places arbitrary value on individual talents, skills, and gifts. This produces a subjective ranking of certain personal attributes above others.  When we then generalize that ranking across race, gender, class, sexual orientation and so forth, the results are biased divisions that only serve to privilege some and marginalize others.
The root work of LAUNCH Flagstaff is to disrupt these inequities and ensure that every child has equitable access to world-class educational experiences.
Today, I write to you with just one example of how we are doing that.

Paul Kulpinski,
Partnership Director
[He / Him] What's This?

Book Grant Delivers New Books to Flagstaff Children

Through LAUNCH Flagstaff's partnership with Read On Arizona, Flagstaff was selected to receive a grant of about 17,000 new children’s books to help local families create word-filled homes and promote reading and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation was from The Molina Foundation as part of its Book Buddies 2020 program to promote literacy.

Through its effort to improve literacy outcomes for children, LAUNCH Flagstaff has facilitated stronger collaboration between community literacy partners.  This book grant is a product of that increased collective impact.

“This collaboration between The Literacy Center, the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, and LAUNCH Flagstaff is a wonderful opportunity to give Flagstaff residents access to literacy materials that can help enrich their literacy efforts at home.  During this trying time, we are grateful we can bring some level of joy and support to the community," said Dianna Sanchez, Executive Director of The Literacy Center.

The goal of the program is to provide resources to help children, parents, and caregivers throughout Arizona create word-filled homes through reading and learning together. 

On Saturday January 16th, several volunteers from Christ's Church of Flagstaff spent three hours doing an initial sorting of books, which were commingled on six wooden pallets, into groups of like titles and common age groups.

This was the first phase of the sorting that was needed before bundles of books can be distributed to families with children aged 0-17.

"The primary goal of this effort is to get books into Flagstaff area homes that are disproportionately impacted by the effects of isolation, economic hardship, and remote school learning produced by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Paul Kulpinski, Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff.

Staff from the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library and the Literacy Center are coordinating with area agencies and schools to help deliver books to the children in their networks. These agencies include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff
  • Family Food Center Reading Room
  • Cromer Elementary School
  • Kinsey Elementary School
  • Northern Arizona Healthcare Children's Health Center
  • North Country Health Care
  • Southside Neighborhood Association
The team is still waiting for confirmation from several other agencies which have been approached for participation.  If your agency might like to support this effort, contact Paul Kulpinski at

Phase two of the sorting will take place on Saturday, January 23rd.  This phase requires several medium sized boxes to ease the delivery process.  If your organization can donate some of these, please reply to this email.

To learn more about Read On Arizona, visit: 

To learn more about The Molina Foundation, visit: 


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