HANNIBAL – The Hannibal Central School District’s focus on early literacy recently received additional support thanks to funding for books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until (their fifth birthday), no matter their family’s income,” according to the Imagination Library’s website.
The program will be introduced to Hannibal’s youngest Warriors after extensive behind-the-scenes work among the district, the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County and the United Way.
“We know that the adult literacy rate in the county is a huge issue,” said LCOC President Michael Egan. “We saw early literacy efforts as a way to jumpstart reading. We want all kids to be able to read on grade level by the end of grade three, and this program is a wonderful start toward reaching that goal.”
With so much effort in making this literacy initiative a reality, all collaborators are eager to launch the program.
All current Hannibal pre-K students will all be registered to receive a book each month.
In addition to current pre-k students, the district will also mail letters to any families that are known to have age-eligible children.
“We are thrilled to offer our littlest Warriors this opportunity,” said HCSD Superintendent Christopher A. Staats. “Literacy is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. Thanks to all of our community partners and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we’re able to give that gift to our youngsters.”
Registration for the program is under way and ongoing.
Official registration brochures are available at the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Hannibal Public Library or in the district registrar’s office at the Hannibal High School.
Children who are registered by Nov. 30 should receive their first book in January.
For more information, visit the district’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Hannibalcsd or the under the district office tab on the website: www.hannibalcsd.org.