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  1. We think we can...

  2. We think we can... 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. Nationwide • 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. Reading to children: • forms a foundation for education • strengthens the resolve toward learning • allows adults to set a positive example

  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! 6110 • Every Rotary Club in 6150 starts DPIL • Partnering or solo • 6150 models for remaining Arkansas districts • Rotary support saturates Arkansas communities • Rotary spearheads quest for state funding 6150 6170

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

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