Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – Dolly Parton has added another accolade to her name after being honored with the National Education Association highest award for his dedication to early childhood literacy.
The “singer, songwriter and rallyer” received the NEA’s 2022 Friend of Education Award, which was announced at the organization’s annual meeting of representatives in Chicago. In addition to bringing together millions of people from all walks of life, the superstar has donated books to millions of children since 1995 across the Library of the imaginary.
“Dolly Parton is a national treasure, and American educators are proud to present her with the NEA’s highest honor, the ‘Friend of Education’ award,” said Becky Pringle, NEA President. “In addition to bringing untold joy, with a smile like a breath of spring and a soft voice like summer rain, to fans around the world, she championed literacy, learning and diversity in the literature for nearly half a century. By distributing more than 2 million books each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has poured a cup of ambition for millions of young children. She knows that in difficult times, we count the on top of each other, as evidenced by his support for wildlife conservation, fighting wildfires, and his contribution to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, which has saved millions of lives around the world. always Dolly, and I’m personally honored to name her the 2022 Friend of Education.
A teacher from a rural part of Minnesota spoke to the NEA, expressing his appreciation for the Tennessee philanthropist.
“There are no libraries here,” John Gibeau told the organization. “It’s an educational wasteland… Without Imagination Library, children won’t get books. It changes lives, and there aren’t enough acknowledgments in the world for Dolly Parton.
After winning the award, Parton said it was a “special honor,” but also took a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication of educators working with students across the country.
She explained that her motivation for starting the library, which now offers more than two million books a month, was in honor of her father, who never learned to read or write.
“He saw the program grow and told me he was more proud of it than anything else I had ever done,” Parton told the NEA.
Parton explained his extra efforts to contribute to education as a whole, such as providing scholarships and paying tuition.
“I also work to do my part,” Parton said in a video to the NEA. “My foundation provides college scholarships to local high school students and my theme park Dollywood covers tuition and employee expenses.
The Friend of Education Award honors an individual or organization whose leadership and acts of support have contributed significantly to the development of American public education.
The video released by the NEA can be found below:
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