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Portuguese American Cultural Center makes donations, four other local briefs

Also in Your Town: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library seeks funding, local residents earn WGU degrees, ITMS selects Builders Club officers, Rotary Club celebrates Veterans Day
by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library seeks funding

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Volusia/Flagler Counties is seeking the community’s help to provide funding for the upcoming year. For almost 10 years, DPIL Volusia/Flagler has been fostering early literacy to more than 3,900 children up to five years old by mailing them one free high-quality book each month. 

As the program continues its expansion, it is seeking to receive critical funding from the community to continue to provide books to its children. Its main strategy will be a social media campaign via its Facebook pages from Nov. 15 through Dec. 20 with the goal of gaining 100 new donors in 30 days.  The public is encouraged to set up monthly recurring donations – two children can be supported for one year for as little as $5 per month.

“As a former prekindergarten and kindergarten teacher here in Volusia County, I’ve seen the impact having books in the home plays in the development of a child’s literacy skills,” said Cathy Twyman, program co-founder and Daytona State College assistant chair program manager of the Early Childhood Education Division.  “You can usually pick out those children who have their own collection of books and were read to prior to starting school. Oftentimes people laugh at the thought that this early intervention strategy is all that it takes to raise a community of readers. I quickly direct them to the plethora of research that supports this statement.”

To learn more about supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Volusia/Flagler, community members are encouraged to contact Allison Miller of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia at (386) 317-3352
or [email protected], or mail donations to the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, Attn: DPIL, 135 Executive Circle Suite 100 Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Local residents earn degree from WGU

The following Palm Coast residents have earned their degrees from Western Governors University, an online nonprofit university which held commencement ceremonies in the spring and summer of this year:

Kristen Bennett earned her master of science in nursing - leadership and management (RN to MSN) degree, Cory Fisher earned his bachelor of science, business - healthcare management degree and Brian Rosen earned his master of science in management and leadership degree.

2019/2020 ITMS Builders Club officers selected

In a recent ceremony conducted by the Kiwanis International District 7 Lt. Governor Dennis McDonnell, the Indian Trails Middle School Builders Club installed the following student officers:

President Leila Jackson, Vice President Michael Bracha, Treasurer Brendan Wang, Secretary Grace Chalmers, Sergeant-at-Arms Violet Ochrietor and Communications Director Glynnis Gong.

The club calls itself “an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership” focused on middle schoolers. It meets at 1:40 p.m. every Wednesday at Indian Trails.   

For further information, contact Amy Wnukowski at [email protected]

Portuguese American Cultural Center donates to rehab center, women's shelter

The ladies from the craft workshop (Convívio dos Lavores) of the Portuguese American Cultural Center got together and knitted 10 small over-the-lap blankets and delivered them to the Grand Oaks Rehabilitation Center.  Their only request was that the red blanket would go to Jorge Soares, a resident of the center, as red is the color of Benfica, his favorite soccer team.

The craft workshop ladies also recently donated over $500 of feminine body-care products to the Family Life Center's shelter.

Anyone is welcome to visit and attend this workshop after 2 p.m. every Thursday. For more information please call 446-0356.

Rotary Club celebrated veterans

The Rotary Club of Flagler County hosted its sixth annual Veterans Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Palm Coast Community Center located at 305 Palm Coast Parkway, NE. Over 150 people attended.

The American Flag displayed outside the Rotary Club for Veterans Day. Photo by Ken Neu


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