Letter to Sullivan County Imagination Library
IMAGINE a house with a toddler but not a book to be found. IMAGINE your child coming home from Pre-Kindergarten with paperwork for you to fill out and you cannot do it because you have no idea what information you are supposed to supply. IMAGINE the humiliation you would feel when your four-year old child asked for help with their homework and you weren’t able to help them. IMAGINE knowing that your child is falling behind in school due to the fact that they lack the necessary reading skills to keep up and you know it’s because you never read to them…because you can’t. IMAGINE inwardly cringing as you hear your child use poor grammar and speak incoherently, knowing it is how you speak and that you are the only role model he or she has ever known. IMAGINE overhearing other parents whisper as you struggle to read the teacher’s names outside the classroom door. IMAGINE sitting across from your child’s teacher, with your head hung in shame, tears in your eyes, as you admit to them that your child is illiterate because you are. IMAGINE the difference IMAGINATION LIBRARY can make.
As a teacher, I have witnessed all the above. I have also witnessed the difference that can be made by simply delivering one book a month to a child’s home. Suddenly, a house that was void of literature is now a house of limitless possibilities. I have been privileged to hear the sweet testimony of a mother who realized, as the books began to arrive in her mailbox for her newborn, that she wanted to be able to read those books to her child. It was Imagination Library that prompted her to enroll in adult education classes and learn to read for her child but ultimately for herself. Can you IMAGE the doors and possibilities that were suddenly opened for this young mother? IMAGINE how many other stories similar to this one that we simply have not heard.
As a parent, I applaud your program and what you have accomplished as well as things to come. As a citizen, I thank you for being proactive in promoting literacy and the effect it has on other areas of our society such as unemployment and the improved self-worth of individuals. As a teacher, I bless you for making my job a little easier by at least providing the opportunity for the child, the parent, and possibly even the grandparent the exposure to a book and all the wonderful adventures that await between its pages. For, when you open the door to reading, you open the door to a future.
Rachel Davis Burdine
Miller Perry Elementary School
Books in the Home Build:
Success in Reading
Success in School
Success in Life
Your tax-deductible donation to the Sullivan County Imagination Library will buy free, age-appropriate books mailed monthly to local children from birth to age five. This specially-chosen collection of books is designed to spark a love of reading.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Book It Baby 5K Race
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