Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:08

Richmond County Partnership for Children Holds Open House to Introduce New Literacy Program

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Bill O'Donnell (left) and Senator Tom McInnis meet during RCPC's open house. Bill O'Donnell (left) and Senator Tom McInnis meet during RCPC's open house.

ROCKINGHAM – The Richmond County Partnership for Children was recently awarded a grant through the North Carolina Partnership for Children (NCPC) to administer the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  

This program was originated in 1995 by Dolly Parton in an effort to foster a love for reading among the children in her home state of Tennessee.  In this program, children are given new, age appropriate books each month (via USPS mail) until they reach the age of five.

In lieu of this, the Richmond County Partnership for Children held an open house on Tuesday, November 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. This endeavor was conducted to introduce the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, to encourage the parents to register their children, and to enlighten the community regarding the additional services administered through the Partnership. 

Bill O’Donnell, Director of Early Literacy with the North Carolina Partnership for Children, and Senator Thomas McInnis of the 25th District, attended the open house.

McInnis questioned the State’s grant distribution process, and he also voiced his concerns to O’Donnell to ensure that the distribution process was fair relative to rural counties such as Richmond County. O’Donnell stressed that funds were distributed equally among the Partnerships. 

It is Richmond County Partnership’s goal to ignite a passion for reading reaching as many children in Richmond County as possible.