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Parton has admirably raised her voice for literacy

I recently listened to a radio broadcast interview with country music star Dolly Parton on WBFO 88.7 FM.

The conversation was delightful and briefly touched on the topic of Parton’s work to improve the literacy skills of children through her organization, Imagination Library.

The organization delivers a book a month directly into the hands of just under 700,000 children, free of charge. I was blown away by the efforts of Parton’s Imagination Library and wanted to know if Buffalo children could take advantage of this great opportunity, and it turns out they can.

Any child under the age of five who lives in the 14215 ZIP code is eligible to start receiving books in the mail.

The Imagination Library has partnered locally with Read to Succeed Buffalo, which facilitates the registration process. To register a child, go to Read to Succeed Buffalo’s website: www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org.

Buffalo is a city that has an astonishingly low literacy rate, with 30 percent of adults reading at or below a fifth-grade level. Not surprisingly, that statistic is echoed among Buffalo children with only 40 percent reading at grade level by third grade.

With the holidays quickly approaching, in my opinion there is no better gift to a child then the gift of reading.

Renee Siepierski

Kenmore