Wendy’s of Bowling Green will host an event to enroll children age 5 and under in United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library FREE OF CHARGE on Thursday, March 14th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at their Scottsville Road location at 2625 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY.
This enrollment event is open to all children age 5 and under. Once enrolled in the program, the child will receive 1 book every month in the mail until the age of 5. Books are sent FREE OF CHARGE thanks to a generous sponsorship from community partner Wendy’s of Bowling Green. Children who enroll in the program at this event will also receive a LIVE UNITED t-shirt FREE OF CHARGE.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was initiated in 1996 by Dolly Parton and adopted by United Way of Southern Kentucky in 2011. The program that started in east Tennessee is all now over the country with over 23 million books having been distributed. The vision is of preschool children and their families being excited about books and reading together. Children enrolled in the program start with receiving their first book of “The Little Engine That Could” and complete the program with “Look out Kindergarten Here I Come.”
At age three, children whose parent read to them daily for at least two preceding years had significantly higher language and cognitive scores. The frequency of reading is associated with children’s higher language and cognitive scores at the current age and at later ages. According to FirstBooks, “in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, but in low income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.” 75% of students who are reading at a below grade level in 3rd grade will remain behind in high school.
United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library increases the accessibility of books in all households, regardless of income. As well, children gain an appreciation for reading and are better prepared for kindergarten. The program is designed to build a stronger community by ensuring low income children have access to more essential tools to build stronger literacy skills. So far the program has locally enrolled over 500 kids into the program last year in Allen, Barren, Logan, and Warren County.
Thank you to Wendy’s of Bowling Green for sponsoring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program.
For more information, contact Tony Huynh, Program Manager at United Way of Southern Kentucky Thuynh@uwsk.org, 270-843-3205.