Apr 15, 2013 6:36 PM by KATC
Opelousas Sunrise Rotary Club will host and sponsor the first Bail for Books Jail and Bail on Wednesday, May 15 at Sombrero's Restaurant to benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Stated Ginger LeCompte, Executive Director of St. Landry-Evangeline United Way and also a member of the Rotary's "class of 2012", "This event perfectly aligns with the Rotary's mission regarding children and literacy and United Way's focus on education." The Imagination Library is a program administered by the local United Way in partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, providing free, age-appropriate books to children age 0-5. A book is mailed to the child's home each month.
Yvonne Normand, president of the Sunrise Rotary stated, "Our Rotary Club is committed to the youth of our community, and this is just one of many projects we are engaged in. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library has proven to be a very successful program attacking childhood illiteracy and providing young children with books in the home before they reach school age."
The Bail for Books is a fundraiser that allows members of the Rotary to "arrest" friends, family and co-workers on charges of "having a good heart". The arrested person must "post bail" by raising the money through donations and pledges. The "jail" will be set up at Sombrero's Restaurant from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on May 15. Anyone wishing to participate or donate, call Ginger LeCompte at 337-942-7815 or 337-290-2798.