Kudos to State, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for making the books available | Opinion

To the West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for her partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books through the mail to encourage early childhood literacy. Each year, a panel of early childhood literacy experts reviews which books to include in the monthly mailing. The program sends free books to enrolled children from birth to age 5, regardless of family income. The review board focuses on specific themes and concepts including inspiration, imagination, love of reading and learning, respect for diversity, culture, promotion of self-esteem and confidence, as well as an appreciation for art and aesthetics. Book selections vary by age. Signing up for the Imagination Library is done online or at a WIC clinic. Once the child is registered, the Imagination library will send him by post a book adapted to his age.

For the good intentions of the Raleigh County Commission to use his share of a recently settled opioid lawsuit to fund drug education programs in local schools. Raleigh County Commissioner Dave Tolliver said the county is still waiting for guidance from the state on what it can spend its money on, but he would like to see the funds used to teach county students the effects. of opioid abuse. Tolliver said he was already in talks with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh County Superintendent of Schools to start such a program in middle and high schools.

To several Girl Scouts who have recently received the highest honors Girl Scouts can achieve at their grade level. Before earning the awards, the Girl Scouts were tasked with learning information about the issues they were passionate about. They then put action plans in place to make a difference in their communities. Beckley’s cadet Dalya Hasan won the Silver Award. Juniors Anya Olson of Lewisburg, Alice Clendenin of Lewisburg, Ali Boggs of Caldwell, Adrianna Frazier of Lewisburg, Natalie Hoover of Lewisburg, Marley Hopson of Lewisburg, Mallory Frye of Lewisburg, Caroline Hancock of Caldwell and Eliza Hardiman of Caldwell won Bronze Awards.

Colin L. Johnson