Mushroom festival grant of $3K to Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Program at the Kennett Library was awarded $3,000 by the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival to assist with providing adult students materials for classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), American citizenship, and high school equivalency diploma testing (GED), the organization announced today. The grant comes from proceeds from the 2021 Mushroom Festival.

While the Mushroom Festival is a weekend event, its impacts last all year long in Kennett Square and surrounding communities. Each year, proceeds from the famous Kennett Square Mushroom Festival are awarded to local community organizations and non-profit organizations. Over the past 20 years, the Mushroom Festival has donated more than $1 million in funds to local organizations for things like books, playground equipment, food, transportation, and healthcare services, among other projects.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant!” said Adult Literacy Program Director Filomena Elliott. “The money will allow us to continue to purchase much-needed materials for our new immigrants learning English, for those adults who are studying Civics to test for American citizenship, and for those who are studying Math, English, Social Studies, and Science to earn their high school diploma. We are very grateful for the funds from the Mushroom Festival Grant and appreciate its support for the Kennett Library and its Adult Literacy Program.”

The 2022 Mushroom Festival will be held September 10 and 11, on State Street. For information and updates on the upcoming Festival, visit

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