Literacy Connects has been awarded a $487,000 grant to fund a three-year literacy project to help students and parents in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

The grant from the Helios Education Foundation will expand and support existing programs through the Literacy Connects Infusion Project piloted at Mission Manor Elementary School.

“The was real need in the area,” said Kelly Wiehe, director of communication for Literacy Connects. “A lot of these young students don’t have books at home, they come from homes without home libraries.”

The project is expected to serve more than 5,800 children and adults in the district, and the goal is to increase the literacy level of families in the area.

The grant will allow Literacy Connects to integrate all of the organization’s programs including Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Reach Out and Read, Reading Seed and Stories That Soar.