United Way receives grant for book program

| January 27, 2015

LearningCOSHOCTON – The United Way of Coshocton County, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have received a $7,500 grant from the Coshocton Foundation to be put towards the Dolly Parton Imagination Library free book program.

All Coshocton County children between the ages of 0 – 5 living in Coshocton County are eligible for the program. Currently, there are 720 children enrolled which is only 40% of the eligible population.

Since the program began in 2008, over 50,000 free books have been distributed to Coshocton County children. Twelve different foundations have contributed to this program with hopes of it continuing indefinitely.

“Putting books into children’s hands early on leads to later success in school and then in life,” said Lyn Mizer, Executive Director of United Way. “Literacy is critical to growth and the United Way believes that education is a key factor to a quality life. We are so very pleased to be able to continue supporting this program as long as we are able and will continue to look for grant monies to sustain it.”

Anyone wishing to register their child can call the United Way office at 622-4567.

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