Stratford Rotary Club President 2019-20 and Stratford Library Director Sheri Szymanski recently presented $10,000 to Janet Lengel, coordinator of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project DPIL). The DPIL is a book gifting program that sends a new, hard copy book each month to children aged 0-5 in Stratford, Conn. at no cost to their families. The program fosters a love of reading and family connections as well as preparing children for school. In Stratford, there are nearly 600 children participating in the program, with a goal of reaching 1,600 over the next few years.
The Stratford Rotary Club's gift of $5,000 was matched by the John and Ethel Kashulon Foundation, which has the goal of improving people’s lives through enhancing educational, children’s and cultural opportunities. Participation is free.
Individuals may cover the cost for one child for one year with a donation of $25 to The Stratford Education Foundation, C/O Robert David, 210 Pumpkin Ground Road, Stratford, Conn. 06614.