Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine visited Fulton County Tuesday morning to promote early childhood literacy.
DeWine read to and shared a book with kindergarten students at Wauseon Primary School. The young students gathered near DeWine as she read the classic children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.
Following the reading, she spoke with students and gave each one a copy of the book.
The book is among those offered by the Imagination Library program. The program mails free age-appropriate books to kids under the age of five. All kids in Ohio are eligible to be enrolled in the program at no cost to their family.
“There is nothing more important than reading to our children. I read to all eight of mine and now read to my 24 grandkids,” DeWine said on her website. “I am excited to promote the Governor’s Imagination Library, in partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, to help put books into the hands of Ohio kids no matter where they live.”
The Governor’s office has partnered with United Way of Fulton County to expand the Imagination Library program locally. They have reached a milestone, and are now serving over 1,000 children in Fulton County,” according to Gina Rossman of United Way of Fulton County.
After visiting Wauseon, DeWine traveled to Williams County Public Library in Bryan for a book reading.
This month the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library has 316,435 children enrolled in the program. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails kids one age-appropriate book each month until their 5th birthday. All kids in Ohio are eligible to be enrolled in the program at no cost to their family.