By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Claudia Jetts Pre-K class at Sam Houston Elementary in Lebanon was delighted Thursday morning when they received a visit from Amazon Fulfillment Center Manager Mark Marzano.
Marzano read several books, including I Am a Rainbow, authored by Imagination Library founder and country songstress Dolly Parton, to students before stressing the importance of books. Reading to children prepares them for success in the future. Amazon is big into books and into helping the community, he said.
Amazon, a statewide partner of the Governors Books from Birth Foundation, displayed its support for reading recently when company officials donated $25,000 to the books-for-preschoolers division of the program. The funds were distributed evenly in the four Tennessee counties where Amazon fulfillment centers are located Wilson, Rutherford, Bradley and Hamilton. Each county received a sum of $6,250.
Funds will be used to provide free, high-quality and age-appropriate books to preschool children up to 5 years old. Wilson County Books From Birth Director Peggy Simpson said that the Imagination Library is thriving in Wilson County because of the support we get from partners like Amazon, a company that understands the importance of having books in the home from birth.
Children who are registered in Books From Birth receive one book per month until they graduate out of the program at the age of 5. The mission of the Governors Books from Birth Foundation is to sustain and strengthen the Imagination Library Program in all 95 Tennessee counties. To learn more, visit governorsfoundation.org.