The United Way of North Central Iowa, along with community partners such as the Forest City Lions Club have launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. United Way of North Central Iowa CEO Jen Arends says the initiative launched nationally in 1995.
In North Central Iowa 25% of children are not reading at proficiency by the fourth grade and Arends says this makes them four times as likely to drop out of school.
Arends says the average sponsorship cost is North Central Iowa is $2.50 per month, per child.
For more information, Arends recommends you call the United Way of North Central Iowa at (641) 423-1774.