November 2017 Around Town


Franklin-based Nissan North America deepened its investment in, and commitment to, early childhood literacy in Tennessee by granting $100,000 to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), benefiting Imagination Library programs in Middle Tennessee. Nissan has contributed over $1.2 million to GBBF since 2005.

The donated funds will be used to provide age-appropriate books each month to preschool children who are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library programs in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford and Williamson counties—the four counties where Nissan has operational facilities in the state.

“Nissan sponsors many educational programs to help children learn and grow,” said Rebecca Vest, Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “Education nurtures opportunity and prepares young people for jobs that will someday support the communities where we live and work. Nissan is proud to partner with Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee’s Imagination Library and their mission to support the education of so many children across our state.”

Since 2004, GBBF has distributed more than 1.5 million Imagination Library books statewide to preschool-aged children in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford and Franklin. In these counties, 47,659 children currently receive books each month.

“As we work together to increase the number of Tennessee third graders reading proficiently, Tennessee’s Imagination Library provides children with the early literacy skills to prepare for school and grow a love of learning,” said First Lady Crissy Haslam.

By supporting Tennessee’s Imagination Library program, GBBF funds 50 percent of the monthly cost of books, including distribution, statewide. GBBF envisions a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys.

Children from birth to age five are eligible to receive books from the GBBF at no cost to families, regardless of income. With funding support from the Tennessee General Assembly, various foundations, individual donors, small businesses and a host of private corporate partners, the GBBF matches all funds raised by each Imagination Library program in Tennessee – a dynamic public-private partnership unlike any other in the U.S. today.