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WANTED: Citizens willing to go “behind bars” for children at ECI Jail & Bail

July 18, 2014

Slayton, MN
The Murray County Early Childhood Initiative is looking for members of the community willing to spend time “in jail” for the benefit of our youngest citizens at the 9th Annual Jail and Bail event. The fundraiser will take place during the Murray County Fair on Wed., August 13th.

The Murray County Early Childhood Initiative was established in 2006 with a $1,000 gift and has since been awarded 11 grants and received over 2,500 independent donations. ECI sponsors educational programs targeted to children from birth to age 5, like the Families Reading Every Day events, children’s music concerts, the family fair, and outreach programs to increase school readiness and support families.

Participating community members will be charged with crimes like “conspiring with others for the betterment of the community” or “contributing to the well-being of minors” in this lighthearted fundraiser. “Imprisoned” citizens must raise a minimum of $100 to bail themselves out of jail.

Everyone is invited to visit the jailed community members on the east lawn of the Murray County Courthouse in Slayton from 2-7 p.m. and help raise funds for Early Childhood Initiative activities in Murray County.

For more information on the Jail and Bail event, contact Marilyn Carlson at 836-6552 or toll free at 1-800-348-0021.

The Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative is a network of local community coalitions, including the Murray County Early Childhood Coalition, working with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) to increase school readiness for children ages birth to 5 and engage citizens in advocacy for increased investments and sound public policy for young children and their families. SWIF is an active partner to 13 coalitions, providing leadership, resources and funding to assist in implementing strategic action plans. To learn more, visit

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