Buffalo, NY - To enhance efforts underway to provide children living in Buffalo's East Side 14215 ZIP code with increased access to books, Read to Succeed Buffalo (RTSB) today announced a contribution of $18,900 from The Buffalo Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of The Rotary Club of Buffalo. The funding will continue the expansion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which was launched in 2011. The Buffalo Rotary Foundation has committed a three-year $60,000 investment to the program.
"The Rotary Club of Buffalo is delighted to provide our support for Read to Succeed Buffalo and its Dolly Parton's Imagination Library," said Joe Alber, president, The Buffalo Rotary Foundation. "The Rotary Club is always searching for ways to improve the quality of life throughout Western New York and one of its initiatives over the years has been to strengthen literacy among children in the region."
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides one free, age-appropriate book per month to registered children living in the Read to Succeed Buffalo Literacy Zone (14215 ZIP code) from birth until age 5. Currently more than 550 children are enrolled and approximately 4,600 books have been distributed since 2011. Nearly half of the families participating have reported reading to their children every day.
"Research has shown that children who grow up with books in their homes are more likely to continue their own education," said Anne S. Ryan, executive director, Read to Succeed Buffalo. "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library gives children ready access to their own home library and a chance to develop literacy skills and a love of reading right from birth. We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious program."
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was launched by Dolly Parton in 1996. Since the initial program launch the Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40 million books to children in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children on a monthly basis.
"The feedback in the community to the Imagination Library program has been amazing," Ryan continued. "The Buffalo Rotary Foundation's investment gives us an opportunity to achieve our goal of 1,500 children participating in the program by the end of 2014."
To register a child living in the 14215 ZIP code for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, please contact RTSB at 716-843-8895 or visit www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org.
About Rotary Club of Buffalo/Buffalo Rotary Foundation
More than 150 of Buffalo's civic and business leaders belong to Rotary Club of Buffalo, the 28th Rotary International club in the world, founded in 1911. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporate supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. For more information, visit www.buffalorotary.org.