Community Supports CGRESD Early Childhood programs

The Clare-Gladwin RESD’s Great Start Collaborative recently received a donation from the Gladwin County Friends of the Library in the amount of $3,000.00. The Friends of the Library are long time supporters of the program.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in Clare and Gladwin Counties. The program is facilitated through the Clare-Gladwin RESD. Each month, the Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child's family.

Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child. The Imagination Library is funded exclusively by grants from agencies such as United Way and private donations like the gift from the Friends of the Gladwin County Libraries. So far in 2018, the kindness of community sponsors has provided more than 12,800 books to 1,100 children in Clare and Gladwin Counties. If you would like to donate to support this gift to your community's children, or if you would like to register your child, please contact Pratt at 989-386-8657 or apratt@cgresd.net.

“Not only do these donations make a huge difference in the lives of children,” Pratt noted, “but they’re also great examples of true community collaboration, with buy-in from agencies, community donors and parents of young children. It’s this kind of teamwork that makes our community special.”

Pictured left to right are Tom Lovitt (President of Friends of the Library), Amy Pratt (Great Start Collaborative Coordinator), John Clexton (Gladwin County Libraries Director).

Pictured left to right are Tom Lovitt (President of Friends of the Library), Amy Pratt (Great Start Collaborative Coordinator), John Clexton (Gladwin County Libraries Director).

Amy Pratt