Oklahoma partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

CAUGHT AND NO ONE WAS HURT. EVERY OKLAHOMA CHDIL UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE WILL SOON HAVE A CHANCE TO BE GIVEN A NEW BOOK. EVERY SINGLE MONTH KOCO’S EVAN HONEST OUT JOINING US HERE IN STUDIO AND EVAN. THIS IS ALL THANKS TO WHO ELSE DOLLY PARTON YOU GOTTA LOVE DOLLY PARTON, RIG?HT I MEAN HER FOUNDATNIO IS VERY IMPRESSIVE AND THAT INCLUDES THE DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY, WHICH HAS GIVEN MILLIONS OF BOOKS TO YOUNG KIDS AROUNDHE T WORLD. IT IS A PROGRAM ALREADY IN OKLAHOMA, BUT ON A SMALLER SCALE AND TODAYHE T STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT JOY HOFFMEISTER ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL SPEND 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS IN PANDEMIC LIREEF FUNDS. EXPAND THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY TO ALL 77 COUNTIES IN THE STATE. SO HERE’S HOW IT WORKS FAMILIES. YOU CAN SNIG UP YOUR CHILD FROM NEWBORN TO THREI FIFTH BIRTHDAY. AND THEN YOUR KID IS GOING TO GET A NEW AGE-APPROPRTEIA BOOK IN THE MAIL EVERY MONTH FOR FREE. IT IS DESIGNED TO CLOSE A LITERA GAPCY FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, BUT ANY FAMILY CAN CAN SIGN UP REGARDLESS OF COINME. WE KNOW EDUCATION IS TRULY THE GREAT EQUALIZER ITIF LTS FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIESUT O OF POVERTY AND CRISIS. WELL. HELLO, OKLAHOMA IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO HELP ANNOUNCE THAT OKLAHOMA WILL HAVE A STATEWIDE IMAGINATION LIBRARY PROGRAM. LOVE THAT WOMANHE T STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY ARE NOW LOOKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE STATE TO HELP THEM ROLL OUT THIS PROGRAMN I MUSKOGEE AND CHEROKEE COUNTIES. THEY HAVE ALREADY GRADUATED. 1800 CHILDREN THROUGH THE PROGRAM ABOUT 68,000 BOOKS ALREADY GIVEN TO THOSE KIDS, BUT GUYS T

Oklahoma Education Dept. partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since its creation, Imagination Library has grown into one of the largest children’s literacy programs in the world.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced a deal between the state and legendary country music star Dolly Parton. The state will partner with Parton’s Imagination Library, an international and free book-gifting program dedicated to spreading the love of reading. Since its creation, the Imagination Library has grown into one of the largest children’s literacy programs in the world.”We just started this here in my home county here in Sevier County, and we thought, ‘Well, maybe, if we’re lucky , it might go a couple of counties over,” Parton said in a previous interview. The agreement will have the Oklahoma State Department of Education invest $2.5 million in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to expand the Imagination Library to all 77 counties in Oklahoma. A news release says the education department will provide a 1:1 match of all funds raised by local community partners.”The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in well-documented learning disruptions. The impacts on our youngest learners are particularly troubling and appear to be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations,” Hofmeister said in the news release. “These challenges underscore the need for robust early literacy interventions to help our get kids back on track. We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton, one of the world’s most noted supporters of early literacy, to help our kids build critical literacy skills before they ever step foot in Pre-K.”

Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced a deal between the state and legendary country music star Dolly Parton.

The state will partner with Parton’s Imagination Library, an international and free book-gifting program dedicated to spreading the love of reading. Since its creation, the Imagination Library has grown into one of the largest children’s literacy programs in the world.

“We just started this here in my home county here in Sevier County, and we thought, ‘Well, maybe, if we’re lucky, it might go a couple of counties over,'” Parton said in a previous interview.

The agreement will have the Oklahoma State Department of Education invest $2.5 million in federal COVID-19 pandemic relief funds to expand the Imagination Library to all 77 counties in Oklahoma. A news release says the education department will provide a 1:1 match of all funds raised by local community partners.

“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in well-documented learning disruptions. The impacts on our youngest learners are particularly troubling and appear to be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations,” Hofmeister said in the news release. “These challenges underscore the need for robust early literacy interventions to help our get kids back on track. We are thrilled to partner with Dolly Parton, one of the world’s most noted supporters of early literacy, to help our kids build critical literacy skills before they ever step foot in Pre-K.”

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