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KLN Family Brands and Lake Area Docks and Lifts commit to five-year sponsorship of Imagination Library

Each month Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a book to 500 enrolled children in Otter Tail County at no cost to the child’s family.

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PERHAM — KLN Family Brands in Perham and Lake Area Docks and Lifts in Fergus Falls have committed to title sponsorship of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for the next five years in East Otter Tail County and West Otter Tail County, respectively.

“This is great news,” said Summer Hammond, executive director of United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties, the parent organization of Women United, a group that promotes early childhood literacy in the area. “This gift is more critical than ever for the youngest children in our communities given the recent drop in Minnesota’s third grade reading scores.”

Each month Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a book to 500 enrolled children in Otter Tail County at no cost to the child’s family. Women United raises funds to pay the postage. At $30 per child per year, the program’s annual budget is $15,000. KLN Family Brands and Lake Area Docks and Lifts have committed to supporting Imagination Library at $2,500 apiece annually for five years.

“These long-term gifts will cover a third of our costs, allowing Women United to focus on their signature events to raise the remaining funds — and potentially to include children from our waiting list,” said Hammond.

Reading is an essential skill that children begin to learn in the laps of those who are their first teachers at home. Legislatures in 13 states have appropriated funds for Imagination Library, but Minnesota isn’t yet one of them.

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“KLN Family Brands and Lake Area Docks and Lifts, both strong community supporters, recognize the value of the program and want to sustain it here in Otter Tail County,” said Hammond.

For more information about Imagination Library, Women United, or United Way, please visit www.UWOTW.org or call 218-736-5147.

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