JACKSON – The United Way of West Tennessee presented a $15,000 check to the Madison County Imagination Library on Monday afternoon at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce prior to the Imagination Library Board Meeting. In 2007 the United Way of West TN committed a pledge of $80,000 of the Kate Campbell Robertson Endowment to the Imagination Library to be granted over 5 years. This $15,000 presentation marks the final payment on this pledge.
Roy Heatherly, President & Publisher of the Jackson Sun and Chair of the UWWT Board, said, "The United Way is proud to support The Imagination Library. This check reflects not only The United Way's commitment to preparing the youth of Madison County for school; it also reflects the generous contributions the family of Kate Campbell Robertson has made toward our community".
The Imagination Library began in 2005 and since that time has delivered more than 190,000 books to children (Birth to age 5) across Madison County. Each child registered in the program receives an age-appropriate, high quality book-a-month at no expense to the family. More than 32,000 books have been sent to our children this past year (2011-2012), serving about 3000 children in Madison County, with 3000 more eligible. This program is vital in preparing children throughout our community to enter school with a developed vocabulary and love of learning and reading.
Anna Clifford, Chair of Imagination Library Board, enthusiastically stated, “A phone call-a check (matched by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation) - a deposit ($15,000 from the United Way of West Tennessee), and 15,000 Imagination Library books for young children in Madison County, doesn’t just happen. It happened because of the partnership between United Way of West Tennessee and Imagination Library Madison County. We are so grateful!!”
Mike Philpot, Endowment Chair of the United Way of West Tennessee, said, ”The partnership of helping children in Madison County get the fundamental opportunity of enjoying books and developing a love for reading is something the United Way is extremely proud to support. Reading is the foundation for all future development and education, and the United Way is proud to be a partner with Imagination Library and its team.”