United Way Launches Dolly Parton Imagination Library on the Lakeshore: State Representative Amanda Price to Read to Children at Event

(MUSKEGON, MI) – My Subaru is partnering with United Way of the Lakeshore and the Tri-Cities Area Imagination Library to host the CARnival for Kids Literacy to launch the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in the Lakeshore area with a long-term goal to build an educated workforce and help reach the United Way’s bold goal to see 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025.  The United Way piloted this program in Muskegon Heights and Holton Public Schools last year as an effort to assist the READ EARLY READ OFTEN initiative.  Dolly Parton’s program objective is to instill a love of reading in children (from birth to age 5) by sending the gift of a book to a child’s home each month.  The launch event is aimed at raising awareness of the program and the importance of early childhood literacy to success in school and careers, as well as raising funds to support the expansion of the program into more school districts.  The public is invited to attend the CARnival for Kids Literacy. For those interested in volunteering at the event or being part of the United Way’s school success efforts, please call Christine Robere, President & CEO, United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4001.

DATE & TIME:    Saturday, September 17, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


LOCATION:  Subaru Building at My Auto Import Center, 1860 East Sternberg Road, Muskegon

PARTICIPANTS:   Parents with children ages birth to age five. Parents will be able to sign their children up for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library on the day of the event. State Representative Amanda Price, Chairperson, House Education  Committee, will be reading to children throughout the event.

ACTIVITIES:   Activity tickets may be redeemed for carnival games, face-painting, bounce house, food, and more! Tickets are $1 for activities and will be sold the day of the event. Raffle tickets at $5 each will also be sold for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

UNITED WAY OBJECTIVE: The United Way of the Lakeshore (UWL) established its bold goal of seeing 10,000 more working families we refer to as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) meet their basic needs by 2025. As part of that bold goal, education is emphasized to help build a skilled and educated workforce to help change the odds for kids when they are successful in school and careers. To meet that bold goal, UWL is continuing emphasis on early literacy and parent education supports, especially at-risk families. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is one tool to help increase reading proficiency for children by the time they leave 3rd grade. When children learn to read by the time they exit 3rd grade, they can then read to learn throughout their school years.

SPONSORSHIPS & PROCEEDS:  Every $125 dollars raised allows for an additional child to be enrolled in the program for five years; they will receive a monthly book tailored to their developmental stage.  Those interested in sponsoring a child for the program may use forms that will be available at the event. Or, they may feel free to sponsor online through the United Way by entering “Dolly” in the honor/memorial box at:

United Way of the Lakeshore is uniting to inspire change and build thriving communities. Our Bold Goal – 10,000 more working families meet their basic needs by 2025. For more information, contact United Way of the Lakeshore at 231-332-4047 or visit

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