Thank you Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise!

We were thrilled to have the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise present a cheque to Kids Can Fly for $10,000 last week during their virtual club meeting!

                

This money is the third installment in a $30,000 commitment to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free book every month to children living in Brantford and Brant County.  Kids Can Fly raises the funds for this program and greatly relies on the support of businesses, individuals and organizations in the community for support.

We are extremely grateful to have had the tremendous support of the Rotary Club of Brantford Sunrise since this program began in this community 10 years ago!

For more information about this program, please email Alicia at admin@kidscanfly.ca for more info

County of Brant gets behind Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

We are thrilled that the County of Brant has decided to make a huge investment in the children who will be future youth and adults in the community by committing $20,000 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program!

The cheque was presented to Sharon Brooks (Executive Director of Kids Can Fly) and Leslie Downie (Chair of the Imagination Library Committee) at the Family Literacy day kick off event on Sunday January 26.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free book every month to children living in Brantford and Brant County from birth until 5 years of age.  Kids Can Fly raises almost $100,000/year for the early literacy program for both Brantford and Brant County.  Funds come from the hard work of the Imagination Library committee from fundraisers, corporate grants, community grants and private donations.

This grant from the County of Brant will make a huge difference in our ability to get more children living in the County onto the program in 2020.

Thank you to Mayor David Bailey and the council of the County of Brant for this investment in our youngest community members!

Here is the official press release from the County of Brant:

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Family Literacy Day event, the County of Brant presented a $20,000 grant to Kids Can Fly.

“We are thrilled to support Kids Can Fly and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program,” said Mayor David Bailey from the County of Brant. “Engaging a child in literacy develops language skills, stimulates the imagination, teaches empathy and shares a wealth of knowledge. We want to thank Kids Can Fly for all the work they do and for positively impacting the children and families in this community.”

The grant will support approximately 400 children, from ages zero to five years old, in the County of Brant to receive a book each month. A total of 60 books will be mailed, free of charge, to each child throughout their early years.

“This program promotes and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. Starting to read to your child at birth can have a tremendous impact on their lifelong development,” said Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly. “As a baby, the time spent speaking to your baby and cuddling them helps facilitate the parent-child connection. As they grow into toddlers, they are so excited to receive a special book in the mail each month. They begin to explore the world and language through these wonderful books. Regularly reading to a young child helps them to recognize letters and words and expand their imagination. Children who are read to in their early years often enter school with advanced language skills and have more awareness of the world around them.”

Kids Can Fly has been running the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for 10 years. The books are purchased in bulk from Penguin Random House publishing.

“Because of the grant from the County of Brant, we will be able to serve every family in Brant who requests to join the program and we will no longer have a waitlist,” said Brooks. “We would like to thank the County of Brant for investing in the future of our kids.

To register your child for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, visit www.kidscanfly.ca or fill in a hardcopy form at any County of Brant Public Library.

Quarter auction raises $1600 for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

We were honoured to be chosen as the charity to benefit from a quarter auction held on Tuesday January 14 at the Dunsdon Legion in Brantford.

We are thrilled that over $1600 was raised and these funds will go directly towards Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program!

There was a really great turn out for this event, and we would like to everyone who attended.  We would especially like to thank all of the organizers, vendors and volunteers who make this event possible!

Every month there is a quarter auction taking place which benefits an organization in the community, and they are a lot of fun!

The next one will be taking place on February 18 with the money going towards ‘Friends for Kindness’

You can find out more HERE