Last updateMon, 26 Jan 2015 1pm

Enrollment open for new literacy program

The campaign to promote a new literacy program at Cuba R-2 Schools is officially under way. School officials have been distributing registration forms for the Imagination Library program, and all preschool age children who live within the district’s boundaries are encouraged to sign up to receive free books.

Assistant Superintendent Kim Robinson reported to school board members last week that the first of the registration forms have gone out and over 30 preschoolers are already enrolled in the program. More brochures will be distributed to the public at local businesses and preschools, and Robinson said she plans to discuss the program at the February meeting of the Cuba Chamber of Commerce.

Robinson hopes to see participation grow as the information gets spread, and she also wants to get involvement from local businesses to act as future sponsors. The program is fully funded by the Chymiak Family Foundation for the next five years, but in order for it to continue beyond that time, local sponsorships will be needed. Costs for the program are estimated at $10,000 per year.

“It’s a great program to be involved with, and we’ve gotten a great response from the community already,” said Robinson. “Parents are really excited about getting free children’s books for their kids. We’re very, very lucky that we have foundations and individuals that support us financially, so that we can provide this type of learning program.”

Robinson expects the first round of books to be mailed out to kids in March.

Imagination Library, started by country singer Dolly Parton, provides one book per month to children up to the age of five. Families who enroll in the program receive one age-specific book title per month, per child in the household; and best of all, it doesn’t cost parents a single dime. The books are free, along with any associated shipping costs.

To enroll your preschool age children, contact the administrative office at R-2 Schools or speak with a school official. Registration forms, which are quick and easy to fill out, are available at the Cuba Free Press office and other locations in town.