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Fast food grant will satisfy city's appetite for books

Last year the community came out in spades to help Taco John's survive a rough patch. Now better off, the restaurant is doing something to help out the community.

The Rosemount Taco Johns was one of 10 restaurants to receive a $2,000 grant from Pepsi to help their community. Rosemount was picked from 438 stores that submitted applications on behalf of their community.

On Tuesday night the sponsors of the grant, manager Todd Harapat and crew leader Brenda Wood, presented the city council with the money.

"This is just a great way to give back," said Harapat.

The grant will go towards the purchase of books associated with the One Book, One

Rosemount event, that will take place in October. The program aims to reinforce a sense of community and to encourage reading through the event.

Residents will be asked to read the book A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck. Throughout the month of October various events will be held that include activities and themes from the book.

The grant will allow residents, who can't afford the book or aren't able to get the limited number of copies at the Robert Trail Library, an opportunity to access the book. With the grant the city will be able to buy more than 400 books for the community.

Harapat and Wood worked with city employees to identify the project that would be funded by the grant.

A Long Way from Chicago is a coming of age story that follows the life of Joey Dowdel as he grows from a boy to a man and his relationship with his grandmother.

The goal of the program, according to the application submitted, is to reinforce a sense of community through a collaborative effort and to celebrate the joy of reading. The book is appropriate for both kids and adults.

The community reading effort is being led by the Rosemount Community Leaders group, which consists of representatives from Rosemount schools, churches, businesses and government leaders. The group is a collaborative effort that formed in 2009.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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