illiteracy rate in Etowah County is 26.46 percent. This number
can be reversed if more children are introduced to books and the
love of reading at an early age.
Over 1161 children in Etowah County are now receiving
books from United Way's Success by 6 Dolly Parton's Imagination
A few years ago, two friends decided that
they wanted to do something to give back to their hometown of Gadsden,
and the Girlfriend Gala idea was born.
This is an elegant ladies' evening celebrating friendships
and child literacy. The cost of the evening's ticket sales goes
to Success By 6 to help pay the cost of mailing each book that
each child receives through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
It only costs $35 a year for a child age birth to 5 to get a beautiful
hardbound book each month. In Etowah County we have 1,161children
receiving books each month.
Our Girlfriend Gala goal is to double the number of children receiving
books. Every child deserves to enter kindergarten ready to learn
and succeed. These books can make that possible.
Children that are nurtured and healthy are ready
to enter school...and that is our goal at Success By 6.