‘Alpine Swine’ teaching kids to read | VailDaily.com

‘Alpine Swine’ teaching kids to read

Special to the DailyThree Alpine Swine were shown off in Eagle during the campaign to raise funds for reading programs.

EAGLE COUNTY – Alpine Bank’s “Alpine Swine” literacy campaign proved to be a huge success and raised $86,000 to benefit local literacy agencies, said company chairman J. Robert Young. “We found a common community need for literacy awareness and funding support for agencies,” Young said. ” That message is what identified and drove Alpine Bank’s Alpine Swine project to success.”

Fifteen larger-than life-fiberglass pigs were professionally painted by local artists and then paraded across Colorado’s western slope. Posters, trading cards, information booklets, and replica piggy banks also were produced in an effort to remind adults and children about the importance of reading, Young said.Much of the $86,000 was raised through an online auction of the 15 Alpine Swine, and the sale of replica piggy banks. The money will be divided among several different literacy organizations on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Eagle County’s Literacy Project will get $18,000.Replica piggy banks can still be purchased at any Alpine Bank branch and those proceeds also will benefit local literacy projects.

For more information contact Andrea Glass at (970) 748-5704.Vail Colorado

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