Dear Friend of Stokes County’s Young Children (and Bluegrass):


BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass is an annual fundraiser to benefit early literacy hosted by Stokes Partnership for Children. A few years ago we added a side of bluegrass to our event and it was a huge success. So, we’re keeping this theme going! We’re asking you to help us make our event even more successful. This year the event will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Poplar Springs Elementary School in King, NC. You may wonder why we work so hard to bring this event to Stokes County. Well, we’ve got a lot of good reasons, as you can see below! All proceeds from BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass are used to purchase new books and to fund early literacy programs for over 2,000 young children in Stokes County. Did you know strong early reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects? Your donation will help to support early literacy programs such as:

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library - EVERY child under 5 years of age in Stokes County receives a free book EVERY month!  We launched this program in early 2015 as a direct result of past proceeds from BBQ for Books. Currently 1,200 children are enrolled, leaving at least 800 more to go! Dolly makes it easier for us by keeping our portion of the cost as low as possible, but our portion can add up. On the average our cost is $25 to $30 per child, per year.

  • Reach Out and Read – Is an evidence-based program that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Currently, we are providing this program at LifeBrite Pediatric Clinic of Danbury, where the county’s poverty levels are the highest.

  • We purchase books to be available for check out by the public through the KidSource Child Care Resource and Referral Library, which includes books specifically for young children, parenting books for parents/caregivers and field specific books for early childhood professionals.

  • Books are given away at community events like our Little Folks Festival (alternates annually between schools in Walnut Cove and King). Young children participate in fun school readiness activities, including visiting a real school classroom and get to take a book home for free!

Please accept this as a formal request to sponsor BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass. Enclosed is our 2019 sponsorship brochure, which lists the available sponsorship opportunities for you to consider. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, simply fill out the information on the brochure and return it with a check. We really do appreciate it!

We hope that you will also consider attending the event. You can find out more information by visiting our website at, by visiting our Facebook page or by giving us a call at 336-985-2676. Thank you for supporting early literacy in Stokes County!



Cindy S. Tuttle

Executive Director


SPC is a non-profit organization led by local volunteers, designed to provide programs and services for families and children in Stokes County. SPC administers Smart Start funds and the NC Pre-K program from the state legislature to support programs to benefit children age birth to five and their families, is a catalyst for bringing different groups together for the sake of the children, educates the community on the critical needs of young children and helps develop solutions. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not endorsement by the State.