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Reading Program Milestone

Reading Program Milestone

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Six-hundred-thousand children in the US take part in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

In cooperation with the Souris Valley United Way, local children are getting involved.

Melinda Bolton has more on the milestone reached by this program.

Dolly Parton began Imagination Library with the goal in mind to improve pre-kindergarden childhood literacy. Stephanie Boushee enrolled bot her sons in Imagination Library. Her youngest is Minot's one thousandth child to benefit and her family thoroughly enjoys the books they receive.

(Stephanie Boushee, Mother) "They're age appropriate. They're quality. They're just really a nice book. And it comes specifically addressed to the child every single month. So like the book comes in the mail and it's been a big thing in our home now. Like, oh your book has come in the mail!"

The program has enjoyed success all over the United States and now brings pre-kindergarden children and their parents together to enjoy books all over the english speaking world. Executive Director of Souris Valley United Way, Pat Smith told KX News about the program.

(Pat Smith, Executive Director of Souris Valley United Way) "This helps to encourage children to read and it gets the parents involved. And it gets children ready for school. It's important that the children receive this little extra boost when they start kindergarden."

The cost of 25 dollars per child at registration is not required, however Boushee feels if the money can be afforded, it is a greatly deserved donation.

(Stephanie Boushee, Mother) "People donating to the United Way to fund that program is, its priceless. I mean it's absolutely priceless."

In Minot, Melinda Bolton, KX News.

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