FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Housing Authority partnered with United Way of Tri-County last night to distribute books to pre-kindergarten children yesterday, July 13.
It is the third year of a program, that distributes book to the boys and girls four times a year, said Suzanne Garcia, who is the Resident Service Coordinator at Framingham Housing Authority. She said Milford Housing Authority is now creating a program like Framingham.
The program is part of singer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Last night, Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay, United Way employees, and Wade Blackman, from Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s office, read to students.
In 1995, Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Her vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month.
Her Imagination Library became so popular that in the 2000 she announced she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally.
Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom.
Currently more than 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to more than 1,000,000 children each and every month.
With a grant from the Sudbury Foundation, the United Way began implementing Imagination Library in Framingham with its partners Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (a program of the Framingham Public Schools), Framingham State University’s Child Development Lab, SMOC Head Start, and the Framingham Public Schools.
Photos by Suzanne Garcia