The following volunteers were honored last week for their work in Kemper County for the Imagination Library. They are, from left, Iris Roberts, Cordelia Finney Hoppes, Brenda Whittington, Carol Palmer, EMEPA Representative, and Loretta Hulin.
The following volunteers were honored last week for their work in Kemper County for the Imagination Library. They are, from left, Iris Roberts, Cordelia Finney Hoppes, Brenda Whittington, Carol Palmer, EMEPA Representative, and Loretta Hulin.
From special reports



A celebration marking a milestone in the life of United Way of East Mississippi’s Kemper County Imagination Library Program was held Thursday at the Barney B. Brown Senior Center in DeKalb.

“Today marked a significant milestone in the life of the United Way of East Mississippi’s Kemper County Dolly Parton Imagination Library,” said Derron Radcliff, executive director of United Way of East Mississippi. “We are thankful for our funders and volunteers for recognizing the importance of this early childhood literacy program.”

Since programmatic inception in 2013, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has distributed 19,999 and we were proud to present the 20,000th book to one very special recipient: Demond Jenkins, Jr.  Preschool children in Kemper County have reaped the positive, long-term benefits of having access to books and the opportunity to gain a love for reading.  The United Way offers this community impact program which promotes early childhood imagination, early childhood literacy, early childhood education and gives access to free books to children (ages 0-5) in the community, regardless of their income. 

“We are thrilled to celebrate this special moment and would like to express our utmost gratitude to our generous funders, volunteers, businesses, and individuals for their support,” said Radcliff “Thank you and congratulations Kemper County!”

Principle funders for the Kemper County Imagination Library include: The United Way of East Mississippi, Partners for Kemper County, Community Foundation of East Mississippi, The Strasser Family Foundation, and Women’s Leadership Council

The United Way of East Mississippi, serves Lauderdale, Clarke, Kemper, and Neshoba counties, supports 22 local partner agencies and seven community impact programs. For more information on how you can enroll your child in Imagination Library please contact United Way of East Mississippi at 601-693-2732 or visit our website at uwem.org.