Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director
The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) is proud to support many educational opportunities within the East Valley. One of these exceptional programs is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL). Since launching in 1995, DPIL has become the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world and has mailed almost 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland. Currently, the program mails over two million specially selected, age-appropriate books monthly to registered children from birth to age five. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Reading regularly to your children during their preschool years gives them the biggest boost toward a successful education.
Per RCSL DPIL Lead Val Crump, Dolly Parton’s vision was to create a lifelong love of reading, prepare children for school and inspire them to dream, as well as support her desire to improve each child’s educational opportunities. RCSL partnered with the Dolly Parton Foundation in 2019 to provide books to children in four East Valley zip codes, at no cost to the family. These books are available at no cost for children from birth until their fifth birthday.
RCSL currently has over 700 children registered in its program, and it is rapidly growing. If you believe in and have a passion for early childhood development, RCSL is asking for your help to continue to provide this valuable service to our community children. RCSL is looking for corporate sponsors and any individual donations. For only $150, one child would receive one book a month, from birth until their fifth birthday. That’s 60 books!
To donate online, please visit www.tinyurl.com/2p8yjbxu. For more information, you can contact Val Crump at [email protected].
For more information about the RCSL projects, programs, and membership, see www.sunlakesrotary.com.