The JLK Dolly Parton Literacy Grant was created to honor Dolly Parton and her efforts to promote early childhood literacy both locally and around the world. Grant applications were accepted from
public schools, pre-schools and libraries demonstrating a need for funding to promote childhood literacy programs. The $25,000 grant was awarded to Knox County Pleasant Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 at 7:15 p.m. at the . Knoxville Convention Center
This is a school-wide reading program geared toward assisting students, a majority of which are at-risk, in increasing reading achievement.
The program consists of exposing students to different genres of literature, increasing children’s access and choice of books, increasing reading strategies among their students and promoting family involvement in developing successful readers.
One of the most notable portions of their grant application was the rain gutter component.
The schools’ Dad’s Club will install rain gutters in the classrooms, gym and cafeteria to serve as bookshelves. This type of “shelving” is very economical and will allow the books to be displayed by their cover versus the spine of the book, therefore increasing the books’ appeal to children.
Books will also be available in tubs on school busses so that the children can maximize wait time with learning opportunities.
“The Junior League of Knoxville is very pleased to support
’s literacy initiatives. Its imagination and ideas are exceptionally creative, and we can’t wait to see the school’s dreams become reality through the JLK Dolly Parton Literacy Grant,” said Tracy Morrow, JLK’s Executive Director. Pleasant Ridge Elementary School