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B-CU School of Education Supports Dolly Parton Imagination Library Volusia


Students and Faculty from the School of Education Attended the 2nd Annual Dolly Parton Imagination Library Breakfast
B-CU School of Education recently attended the 2nd Annual Dolly Parton Imagination Library Breakfast. The “For the Love of Literacy” fundraising breakfast took place at the Halifax River Yacht Club and highlighted the importance of reading in the community. The event featured a book reading from the wife of esteemed Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, Stephanie Henry, entrepreneur and literacy advocate, where she read the well known book entitled “The Giving Tree,” by Shel Silverstein. Mayor John Penny of Port Orange shared the lasting impact that literacy provides for children at an early age. The event concluded with a poem written by Dr. Shankar-Brown of Stetson University, expressing the essentials of a child: Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Vitamins and BOOKS.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library nonprofit organization literacy project was established in partnership with Halifax Hospital to provide all children born at Halifax Hospital with age appropriate books until they reach the age of 5 despite their financial status. Currently, 55% of students in Volusia County have met the state standards for reading at a third grade level, however the state average is presently 57%. Over 430 children in the Daytona Beach and Holy Hill areas have been impacted in furthering the development of Volusia County’s youth and the program initiative is preparing to expand.
The School of Education has provided many opportunities for undergraduate students to prepare for the classroom through several community service and tutoring initiatives at local community schools. “It is vital that our students begin early working with youth in and out of the classroom so that we can better our education system with the current skills they have while preparing for internships and the workforce,” said Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Willis Walter.
B-CU is honored to have been able to participate in servicing the community while being a champion of change in the lives of the children that make up the Volusia County community. All proceeds contributed to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library went directly to the children within the Daytona Beach Community.
For more information about the School of Education, contact: Dr. Willis Walter, Dean of the School of Education, 386-481-2087 or
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