Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Rotarian, Bernie Bramante, has worked tirelessly for the cause of children’s literacy since joining the Noon Club. His current project, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, has turned out to be a resounding success. He and his team, composed of David Neault, Karie Reuther, Bruce Cripe, and Tina Roy, mailed out a total of three thousand books since the beginning of the Temecula Rotary’s Imagination Library Program.
This Rotary sponsored program is limited to five hundred kids. There is currently a waiting list of six. These most likely will be added to the roster during September, when several of the kids currently in the program will turn five years old and be ready to head off to kindergarten.
In addition to the kids enrolled directly in the Club sponsored group, Bernie has recruited several other organizations to participate under the Rotary umbrella. He expects an additional thirty children to be enrolled through the Headstart and First Five programs. He has also been working with the Temecula Boys and Girls club, PECHANGA Indian Elementary School, MILGARD CORP, and WAL-MART. Bernie says the PECHANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will enroll approximately 256 students and will pay the full cost of annual registration. MILGARD CORP, Murrieta, and WALMART, Temecula, will offset the cost of the program for their employees’ kids, as well. Bernie is scheduled to speak at MILGARD’s annual HR meeting in October.
More Reading to the Children
Bernie attended the Temecula WAL-MART grand opening on September 16. He will be working with management to create a reading program similar to the one he created for the Club. The employees will be encouraged to read at local elementary school, most likely Vail Elementary.
Bernie will also be meeting with TVUSD staff to coordinate readings in November as part of National Literacy month. Invitations to read will be extended to Jeanne McClellan, for Rotary, Maryann Edwards, for the City of Temecula, and Carol Leighty, for the District. He is looking for suggestions and volunteers.
Readings are already scheduled on September 21 with three HEADSTART and FIRSTFIVEclasses. Readers are David Neault and Bernie Bramante.
On The Horizon
Bernie continues to reach into the community and promote Rotary and the DPFIL. He plans to implement local reading programs with PTA, Great Harvest Bread, and others. The Committee is exploring various fundraising projects to help maintain the Library’s reading programs and fund low income families who otherwise might not be able to participate.