Marietta Morning Rotary donates over $1,200 to reading program

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The Morning Rotary Club of Marietta recently pledged to pay for ten children to receive a book a month for the first five years of life.

Through the Marietta Community Foundation’s Imagination Library, Washington County children five and under can receive a book a month in the mail. The program is free to join, as costs are covered by the Foundation. The Foundation is affiliated with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with the goal of improving literacy in Washington County. The Foundation presents information on literacy to various groups in the hopes that they will help the cause.

“We found an article recently that stated if you read to a child five books a day, they’ll go into kindergarten with 1.4 million more words in there vocabulary than their peers,” said President and CEO of the Marietta Community Foundation, Heather Allender.

It costs just $25 a year for a child to receive their books. Financial donations can be made at the Marietta Community Foundation office on Putnam Street in Marietta. If you want to register a child for the program, you can also visit Foundation’s office.