NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nissan North America made a significant contribution to the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.
Nissan presented the check to GBBF President Theresa Carl Wednesday during a reading event at Casa Azafrán Early Learning Center in celebration of Tennessee’s Imagination Library Week.
First Lady Crissy Haslam attended the event, reading to preschoolers at the center.
“There is much to celebrate about Tennessee’s Imagination Library,” First Lady Haslam said. “Through Nissan and other generous partners, Tennessee is the only state in the nation making the program available to all age-eligible children. Enrollment has never been higher, and children are gaining important early reading skills that prepare them for Kindergarten and contribute to our state’s overarching goal to increase literacy.”
Casa Azafran is considered the gateway to Nashville’s international district. The donation of books will be used for children who are learning English as a second language.
“It’s important for the state of Tennessee to have strong readers from the very beginning. We’re focusing on the third grade fourth grade reading, but it starts at birth,” said Haslam.
The donated funds will be used to provide age-appropriate books each month to preschool children who are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library programs in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford and Williamson counties, the four counties where Nissan has operational facilities in the state.