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Give children a gift that will last a lifetime

Johnson City Press • Jul 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

You can give children in Tennessee a lifetime of opportunities by donating to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Donors can now make tax-deductible contributions to the Imagination Library program simply by visiting www.governorsfoundation.org — the official website of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation — and clicking on the “give” icon.

Created by Parton in 1996, the Imagination Library provides one new, age-appropriate, hardcover book each month to children from birth to age 5 at no cost to the family — regardless of income.

The foundation has joined with Parton to make the literacy program available to children across Tennessee.

The program’s goal is to have children reading at grade level by the third grade.

A donation of $24 annually provides for the purchase and delivery of 12 books to one child.

This cost is covered by the governor’s foundation and a nonprofit sponsoring organization in every Tennessee county.

As a result, every dollar you donate to your local county’s Imagination Library is matched dollar for dollar by the state.

The gift of literacy is one a child will profit from throughout his or her life.

A study conducted by the Tennessee Board of Regents shows that pre-K and kindergarten teachers both say children who receive books from Imagination Library perform “better than expected” compared to children who are not involved with the program.

Literacy is truly a gift worth giving.

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