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NPC Luncheon Dolly Parton

From: Joshua Funk
Length: 01:15:25

Dolly Parton speaks at a National Press Club Luncheon on February 10th, 2009. Read the full description.

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Parton created a free book distribution program in 1996 as a way to increase literacy in the region where she grew up.  Every child in Sevier County, Tenn., is eligible to receive a free age-appropriate book each month in the mail until the age of 5. The program has since expanded to two other cities where Parton's businesses operate.
 
Parton, who discussed her literacy program in an NPC luncheon in 2000, has donated an autographed book to the NPC 5K run/walk scholarship fund-raising auction each year since then.
 
During her NPC speech eight years ago, Parton said:
 
"They say that you're never so tall as when you stoop to help a child.  I'd better not be stooping had, I?  I think I'll just stand up for the kids.  And a few years ago, I started a public foundation called the Dollywood Foundation.  And that's to help kids in my home county.  We started out to help the high school dropout rate, and we did, too.  In fact, we were able to change it from over 30 percent to less than 6 percent in about five years.  And I'd say that's pretty good."
 

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Parton created a free book distribution program in 1996 as a way to increase literacy in the region where she grew up.  Every child in Sevier County, Tenn., is eligible to receive a free age-appropriate book each month in the mail until the age of 5. The program has since expanded to two other cities where Parton's businesses operate.
 
Parton, who discussed her literacy program in an NPC luncheon in 2000, has donated an autographed book to the NPC 5K run/walk scholarship fund-raising auction each year since then.
 
During her NPC speech eight years ago, Parton said:
 
"They say that you're never so tall as when you stoop to help a child.  I'd better not be stooping had, I?  I think I'll just stand up for the kids.  And a few years ago, I started a public foundation called the Dollywood Foundation.  And that's to help kids in my home county.  We started out to help the high school dropout rate, and we did, too.  In fact, we were able to change it from over 30 percent to less than 6 percent in about five years.  And I'd say that's pretty good."
 

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