DPIL Family LIteracy events (11)

All families with young children are invited to a Family Literacy event in March. Free pizza, story time, a craft, Minds in Motion activity and door prizes will be available. The free event is sponsored by the Early Childhood Committee of United Way of Scott County and Scott County Community Foundation.

The dinner event will be held Thursday, March 16 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Austin Christian Church on Highway 31 in Austin. Pizza will be provided for families, and children will listen to the story, ?Secret Pizza Party.? Families are asked to tell their child?s teacher if they would like to attend, or you may call 812-752-2586 or 812-752-2057, to ensure there is enough food.

?We believe the biggest indicator for a child’s success in school is family involvement,? said Early Childhood Committee Chairperson Sheila Carter, who is also the Assistant Principal at Austin Elementary School. ?Our family literacy dinner will allow us to communicate to parents some of the ways they can assist in reading at home.?

The Scott County Community Foundation and United Way have partnered to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Scott County. The initiative provides free books for children from birth through age five, mailed directly to a child every month. The only requirement is that the child must live in Scott County. There are currently 933 children registered in Scott County, and 443 children who have ?graduated? from the program when they turned five.

Generous sponsors from local organizations and individual sponsorships also help make this free program available. Children can be sponsored for only $25 a year, and donations are tax-deductible. Contact United Way for information on how to donate at 812-752-2586.

New children can get registered by visiting www.imaginationlibrary.com. You may also stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg, or call 812-752-2057.