The Western Kansas Community Foundation has awarded Smoky Hills Public Television with a grant for the station’s Literacy Leadership program.

The $1,500 grant will provide books to children in several western Kansas communities. The counties served through this funding include Finney, Grant, Gray, Haskell, Kearny, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens, Wichita, Greeley, Hamilton, Lane, Meade and Morton.

Smoky Hills Public Television serves 71 counties in central and western Kansas and has been named the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Non-Metro Station of the Year.

WKCF began in 1996 when a group of community leaders saw the potential of a local community foundation to enrich western Kansas life. Since that time, WKCF has expanded to cover 15 counties in southwest Kansas and experienced significant growth to now include assets of more than $26 million and more than 200 funds.