Pro2Serve goes over challenge for books

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The Pro2Serve Challenge for Roane Imagination Library has reached and exceeded its goal after just one month.

Pro2Serve, a Roane County-based technical and engineering services company, established a challenge grant to match dollar-for-dollar the first $5,000 from new contributors and increased contributions from previous contributors.  

More than $8,700 was donated by 70 contributors.

Individuals, families and organizations recognized the value of the Roane Imagination Library’s literacy program to the education of local children.  

“We are pleased to be able to help fuel the Roane Imagination Library funding engine for this campaign,” said Barry Goss, Pro2Serve CEO. “We went OVER, over the top.”

When the $8,700 contributions are combined with Pro2Serve’s $5,000 challenge grant, the total raised equals $13,700.  

“That amount will be matched dollar for dollar by the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation,” said Jill McMaster, coordinator for the Roane Imagination Library, “Increasing the total to $27,400.”

“I am gratified by both the number of donors and speed at which the donations were made,” said Judy Trimble, campaign volunteer.  “Roane County certainly has shown support for this literacy program.”

All funds raised will go to purchasing and shipping books to Roane County children.

The Roane Imagination Library gives away more than 20,000 quality age-appropriate books each year.  

Volunteers are now focusing on expanding the reach of the program.

At this time, about 1,750 children — or 65 percent of the eligible children — participate in the program each month.

There are many more children in Roane County who can benefit from the free books.

All children are eligible from the time they are born until they reach their fifth birthdays.

There is no income requirement; the program is completely free to the family.

Parents or guardians may enroll children on-line at www.ImaginationLibrary.com, or by completing an enrollment form available at public libraries, area businesses or The Roane Alliance.

Parents may also call McMaster at 717-3767 to receive an enrollment form by mail.
Donors participating in the Pro2Serve Challenge include AGA Insurance-Jerry Stephens, Margo and Al Akerman, Doris Alford, Gary Aytes, Julianne Bailey, Troy and Carolyn Beets, Sue Callahan, Citizens National Bank, Bobby and Peggy Collier, Cumberland Services Group.

And, Customer Service Electrical Supply Co., Martha Deaderick, Terry Elliott, Michael Emery, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, Marilyn Frank, Marilyn Gaffin, Griffin Insurance Agency, Barry and Karen Goss, McDonald and Hall, Susan Howell.

Also, Bobby and Nadine Jackson, Bev and Al Kelley, Kay Whaley-Kay's Kiddyland, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, James and Jean Leitnaker, Allen Lutz, Linda Mann, Jeanette McElhinney, Charles and Toni McGriff, Kevin McMahan, Jill McMaster, Jack McPherson, Beth and Joseph Pearson, PermaFix Environmental Services, Alice Pridemore.

And, Rotary Club of Kingston, Shirley Scarborough, Virginia Schubert, C. Brook Schwepfinger, Melanie Sherrod, Lynne Spires, Tammy Sherrill, Barry Stephenson, Dorian and Ian Stiefel, Earl Duff Subaru, Deborah Sumner, Toho Tenax America, Judy Trimble, USEC, George and Ginny Warlick, Jinx Watson, Alicia Webb, Christopher Wieland, Mary Will, Ron Woody, Iona Wyatt, Ken Yager, and Stephen and Kathleen Zuck.