United Way celebrates six years of free books

Sitting in a doctor's office about three years ago, Latasha Rogan noticed a brochure that advertised a way for her 2-month-old daughter to receive free books.

The brochure was for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga's Project Ready for School, which mails a book once a month at no charge to children under age 5. Funding and other help comes from the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey.

Rogan said her now 3-year-old daughter, Jamya, looks forward to receiving a new book every month. Her favorite so far is "Llama Llama Red Pajama," Rogan said.

"I think she will really want to keep learning to read and enjoy reading books later in life," Rogan said.

The Rogans and several hundred other families came to Warner Park on Sunday to celebrate Project Ready for School's sixth anniversary with horse rides, a firetruck, arts and crafts, games and other activities.