JMCSS staff donates thousands to promote reading

It’s Imagination Library Week:

JACKSON, Tenn. – Members of the Jackson-Madison County School System family donate almost $9,500 to the Jackson-Madison County

, yearly. This ranks the District as the second largest donor behind the United Way, showing the commitment faculty and staff have to keeping literacy a priority.

“We want to do what we can to close the gap for children who may lack access to books that will lead them to exciting adventures through the stories found in their pages,” said Teresa Russell, Leader of Early Foundations.

The Imagination Library provides a book to every child from birth until his or her fifth birthday at no cost to the family. The books are purchased by a locally run foundation in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The non-profit groups operate on donations and a grant from the Governor’s “Books from Birth Foundation.”

“Reading early to children has such profound and lasting effects on language, literacy and early reading development,” said Russell. “One challenge we face as a community is providing access to quality children’s book in many homes. Imagination Library is one way to make a difference.”

Since it was established in 2005, the Jackson-Madison County Imagination Library Foundation has delivered 393,341 books. Volunteers must raise $12 a year, per child to cover the cost of the books. During the month of October, 4,203 books will be delivered to children throughout Madison County.

Imagination Library Week is from September 17-23.

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