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Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2016
Contact: Sarah Johnson
FIRST LADY ANNOUNCES DONATION TO DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARY
WPX Energy Donates $16,000 to Stark County Imagination Library
BISMARCK, N.D. – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple today announced a $16,000 donation made by WPX Energy to the Stark County Dolly Parton Imagination Library, an early childhood literacy program for children ages 0-5.
“WPX Energy’s donation gives us a tremendous opportunity to ensure that young children in Stark County develop a lifelong joy of reading,” Dalrymple said. “The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has brought millions of books directly to pre-school children all across America at no cost to families. It is fulfilling to help connect even more North Dakota communities with the program.”
Dalrymple made the announcement at the Dickinson Library and was joined by WPX Energy Williston Asset Nathan Lopez; the Dickinson-Stark County Imagination Library Committee co-chairs Rita Ennen and Glenice Hansen, treasurer Tina Johnson and secretary Erica Crespo; and Badlands Reading Council representative Chelsey Scherr.
“WPX Energy is proud to support the First Lady through the Imagination Library as it is a great program that promotes literacy in pre-school children,” said Brian Wold, WPX Energy’s Vice President of Williston Basin. “WPX’s sponsorship of this program deepens our commitment to the local communities where we live and work.”
Tina Johnson, Dickinson-Stark County Imagination Library Committee said, “We want to thank WPX Energy for their support. Their generous donation will allow us to continue the Imagination Library program in Dickinson and expand it to all children ages 0-5 in Stark County.”
To enroll a child age 0-5 living in Stark County, or to make a donation, please contact Lane Talkington at (701) 456-7826 or [email protected] Children who reside in the Belfield Public School District can be registered through Alice Berger at (701) 575-4275 or [email protected]
Dalrymple began working with the Imagination Library in December 2010, encouraging communities across the state to offer the program. For more information about Imagination Library programs in North Dakota contact Sarah Johnson at (701) 328-1010 or [email protected]