Imagination Library Program offers books to local children

Imagination Library Program offers books to local children Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program is being offered to area children through United Way of Vermillion.

Children who are between birth and their fifth birthday who live in Clay County or whose parents or guardians work in Clay County are eligible to receive the books at no obligation to their parents or guardians. United Way of Vermillion will raise the $27 per year per child which is the cost of providing the books.

There is no cost to the family The only obligation the parents/guardians have is to promise to read to their child.

The Vermillion Rotary Club has provided a contribution which has sponsored books for 25 Clay County children during this first year of the Imagination Library Program.

United Way has set a goal of registering 300 children during this first year. Parents or guardians can obtain registration forms directly from United Way of Vermillion (uwverm@dtgnet.com, 624-5354, or P.O. Box 216, Vermillion, SD 57069).

Registration forms are also available at the Vermillion Medical Clinic, the Sioux Valley Vermillion Clinic, the USD Children's Center, the Center for Children and Families, the Vermillion Public Library, the Public Health Nurse's Office, Vermillion Senior Citizens Center, the Wakonda School and the Irene Public Library.

The books provided by the Imagination Library Program are colorful, high quality books which arrive in the mail once each month until the child's fifth birthday. The first book every child receives is The Little Engine That Could and, on the child's fifth birthday, each child receives a graduation book. Every book in between is age appropriate.

Once the child is registered, they will receive the books until their fifth birthday unless he/she moves out of Clay County or the parent/guardian is no longer employed in Clay County.

If there are people (grandparents, for instance) who would like their grandchild to receive the books but the grandchild does not live in Clay County nor do the parents/guardians work in Clay County, they may register the child but they must make a direct payment to United Way of Vermillion in the amount of $27 to pay for the books. After the first paid year is over, another payment of $27 will be necessary to continue the books.

United Way of Vermillion urges all those who make a contribution to the United Way 2003 Campaign now in progress to increase their donation by $27 to sponsor books for one child for one year. Those who have never made a donation to United Way are encouraged to make a donation of $27 to sponsor books for a child as a great way to begin supporting their community through United Way.

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