HAGERSTOWN, MD - It's an educational boost for kids as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is launched in Washington County.
"The Imagination Library was started by Dolly Parton in Tennessee back in 1996. And it mails one book a month to children under the age of five to try to improve literacy rates," says Brad Sell, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Washington County.
Officials with the Community Foundation joined a crowd of kids and teachers at Elgin Station where the importance of reading runs deep.
"This will help them in the future because the more you read the more you comprehend, and the more you comprehend, the better you do in school," says Deborah Green of Elgin Station.
Something important to students especially in Washington county, according to Sell.
Sell says it's critical to improve the literacy rates, and to make sure kids can perform well by the third grade so they don't fall behind.
Directors at Head Start say currently 571 preschoolers are enrolled in the program and their first books have already been sent to their homes.
The Community Foundation says their goal is to enroll 1,500 children in the Imagination Library Program by this December.