The Rotary Club of Stockton, a member of the Stockton’s Mayor’s Book Club, has joined with the Mayor, Ann Johnston, Stockton Unified School District, San Joaquin County Office of Education, University of the Pacific, United Way, San Joaquin Public Library and Bring Me a Book to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Stockton.
The Imagination Library is offered in cities across our nation, Canada and the United Kingdom. The programs purpose is to encourage early childhood reading. Read an excellent article explaining the program and Rotary International’s involvement.
No one does a better job in explaining the program than the founder. Let Dolly Parton introduce her Imagination Library to you.
Read To Me, Stockton! began with zip code 95205 and recently expanded to include 95206. The families in these zip codes have the greatest need for literacy and are at the greatest academic risk. The area includes about fourteen schools in Stockton Unified School District (SUSD). Once the program is established, we will expand to new zip codes and the respective schools, based on need.
Our Mayor, Ann Johnston, is the administrator of the program.
Stockton Unified School District is in charge of registration and reaching out to the community. They conduct meetings and training sessions with parents to encourage and help them to read to their children. SUSD is developing an evaluation program to measure the program’s success. San Joaquin County Office of Education supports SUSD in their efforts to reach the community in registration and parent involvement.
United Way of San Joaquin County has added the project to their fund raising.
University of the Pacific is in charge of data entry and maintaining the database.
Rotary Club of Stockton is the affiliate that holds the agreement with the Dollywood Foundation for the Read to Me, Stockton! program. Through the Stockton Rotary Endowment Rotary is responsible for the funding of the program and is the financial contact with the Dollywood Foundation.
San Joaquin Public Library solicits applications at local libraries.
Many clubs have already introduced the Library to their community.
The Rationale – The value of reading to young children is well documented. It has been determined that 90% of brain development occurs before age three. Nothing can replace the experience of a very young child sitting in the lap of a parent or sibling hearing the sounds and seeing the letters, touching the book, thus associating reading with an enjoyable, warm and comfortable experience. Research shows that children exposed to reading in early childhood are more likely to look forward to school, do well early and to go on to college.
Just think, we will be responsible for young children anticipating the arrival, each month, of their very own book, receiving it and tugging on a parent – please read my book to me. Read to Me, Stockton!
Those of us involved in the Read to Me, Stockton! program wish you to read three short articles. Why? Reading these articles will get you excited. The program works!
- In 2007 Tennessee concluded that the Imagination Library improved school preparedness. Read the article, it is only two pages.
- In 2003, a much more sophisticated study was accomplished, but the article is forty nine pages. We know only educators are going to read this one. We present you the summary which is less that two pages and is very revealing.
- A one page summary of a study done in 2010 covering the subject of Books and Schooling in 27 nations found that books in a home is a better indicator of success in school than highly educated parents. Wow, a must read.
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