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1 We think we can...

2 A simple goal: Expand the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to all of Arkansas.

3 Perfect partners to get to goal: Rotary International District 6150 Rotary clubs statewide Rotary International Foundation State of Arkansas

4 What is the Imagination Library?

5 In Dolly’s words: “When I was growing up in East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are kids in your community that have their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows maybe there is a little girl who dreams of being a writer or a singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books. These seeds you plant in your communities can grow all across the world.”

6 1996 Launched by Dolly in her native Tennessee county to: – Foster love of reading among children in her county – Excite children about the magic of books – Ensure that every child had books, regardless of family income levels

7 Children at birth – age 5 enroll Receive age-appropriate books, 1/month every month 60 books in total at no cost Managed by nonprofits Turn-key thru Dolly Parton Imagination Library

8 Now in Tennessee: 204,000 children 5 and under enrolled Equals 54% of eligible children

9 Tennessee governor’s study Large-scale, 2007 study among teachers: - DPIL students “better prepared” - 64% found DPIL students exceeded expectations versus 11% for non-DPIL students

10 Tennessee now provides 50% of the total program cost through state funding

11 forms a foundation for education strengthens the resolve toward learning allows adults to set a positive example Reading to children:Reading to children:

12 American Association of Pediatrics recommends daily reading routine to infants & older children – records reveal only 50% of parents read to children daily Identifies reading as – significant aid in brain development – key factor in solidifying bond between parent and child

13 U.S. Literacy Statistics 42 million American adults cannot read. 50 million read below fifth grade level 20 % of high school seniors are functionally illiterate at graduation The number of functionally illiterate adults increases by 2.25 million annually

14 1,993,031 adult residents: - 491,000 (25%) had no high school diploma - 170,420 had less than an 8th-grade education

15 U.S. Literacy Statistics 42 million American adults cannot read. 50 million read below fifth grade level 20 % of high school seniors are functionally illiterate at graduation The number of functionally illiterate adults increases by 2.25 million annually

16 Rotary--the ideal vehicle Literacy-a major area of emphasis for RI service projects – RI sponsors a literacy month – All clubs expected to complete a literacy project RI already partnered with Dolly Parton Imagination Library Worldwide, grassroots organization

17 Get on board! Every Rotary Club in 6150 starts DPIL – Partnering or solo models for remaining Arkansas districts 3.Rotary support saturates Arkansas communities 4.Rotary spearheads quest for state funding

18 Get your club on board! Assign a leader to learn about DPIL – Visit imaginationlibrary.org Decide on sponsoring organization – Club alone or with a partner Dedicate start-up funds – $1,000 is a great start! Sign up, buy materials Enroll children

19 Clubs: – Best grassroots organization! Literacy – Key RI issue – Especially acute need in Arkansas DPIL – Already a partner – Ideal for literacy growth Rotary is the engine!

20 We KNOW we can... so.. LET’S GET ON BOARD!


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