Imagination Library Receives $24,000 Donation

Representatives of United Way, Imagination Library, Governor's Books From Birth Foundation and State Representative Ron Travis hold replica of the $24.000 check donated by the Pet and Sally Smith Foundation to the Rhea County Imagination Library Program.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

$24,000 Thanks to Generosity of Pete and Sally Smith Foundation

October 2018

Dayton, TN —  On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 the Rhea County Imagination Library received a $24,000 donation from the Pete and Sally Smith Foundation.  The presentation ceremony was held at the Clyde W. Roddy Library in downtown Dayton.  Present at the ceremony were Judi Davis Books From Birth Foundation, Christine Ralph- United Way, Abby Graves Books from Birth Foundation, State Representative Ron Travis , Jamie Ridley- Imagination Library Board, Linda Abel Imagination Library Board, Cynthia Travis – United Way, Bunny Derlak-Imagination Library Board.

Check out the following web sites form more information regarding these organizations.

Imagination Library Web Site.

Governor’s Books From Birth Web Site.

Rhea County United Way Web Site.

Pete and Sally Smith Foundation Web Site.

Imagination Library was begun by Dolly Parton in Sevier County, Tenn., to provide young children with free books.  The program now serves all 95 counties in Tennessee.  The program provides free books for children from birth to 5-years-old.  The program provides a free book monthly to young children as encouragement to read.

Pete Smith  and Sally Smith both were originally from Michigan.  The majority of the couple’s working lives were spent in Tennessee in the area of Rhea County, where they operated the Watts Bar Resort for many years. Pete Smith died in 1979 and and Sally Smith died in 1992.

The foundation primarily supports charitable causes in the areas of education, the environment, and medical research/disease management in Rhea County, Tennessee and Oconee County, South Carolina.

Local Imagination Library board member Linda Abel said, “These funds will allow us to continue to provide free books to Rhea County children. We are honored to be chosen to receive this grant.”


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