The United Way of McPherson County announced that 335 children were signed up during “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Week.”
The Imagination Library mails books to preschool children at their homes. United Way has just brought the program to McPherson County. Enrollment began Oct . 14 and registration will continue.
“It was a phenomenal first week for the program,” United Way Executive Director Rob Mackey said .
“The Imagination Library gets books into the hands of children and encourages their parents to read to them,” United Way of McPherson County Community Impact Chair Lara Vanderhoof said. “We had registrations from families throughout McPherson County. We believe the Imagination Library has the potential to help children be ready to succeed when they get to kindergarten.
It can take up to three months for books to begin arriving, so families are encouraged to register their children before the end of October when the initial book order will be processed, with first books arriving by the end of the year. Books are mailed from Tennessee, Dolly Parton’s home state, where the Imagination Library is headquartered.
The United Way raised the funds to bring the program to McPherson County.
“We are very grateful to the businesses, individuals, civic groups and foundations who have helped United Way make this program possible,” said Vanderhoof.
Preschool children who have a permanent address in McPherson County are eligible. Children can be registered at United Way’s website at www.unitedwaymcpherson.org.