Mount Union Area School District (MUASD), in cooperation with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons, introduced the Raising- A-Reader Program Aug. 22 at their “meet and greet” picnic for kindergarten students and their families. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, as part of their outreach efforts, have committed to helping vulnerable, at-risk children and families throughout the commonwealth by supporting the nationally acclaimed early literacy program, Raising-A-Reader. With Freemason’s help, Raising-A-Reader will provide books, materials, parent training, engagement support and library connections that will not only significantly improve child literacy, but strengthen families and empower a generation of children to read, learn and succeed. Raising-A-Reader is being presented to approximately 70 kindergarten students at MUASD’s three elementary schools: Kistler Elementary School, Mapleton-Union Elementary School and Shirley Township Elementary School. Participating in the program were, front row, from the left, Keelyn McConaughey and Mitch Smith, Kistler kindergarten students; back row, Cassie McConaughey, mother of Keelyn; Brett Gilliland, MUASD superintendent; Heather Snair, Kistler kindergarten teacher; Matthew Franks, MUASD elementary principal; Kati Smith, mother of Mitch; and Brother Gregory Dimoff, secretary, Mount Union Lodge No. 688 and Mount Union Area School Board member.