In memory of a Teacher

I made a contribution to the Hickman County Imagination Library today.

So, what is the Hickman County Imagination Library?  We mail a book each month to every child who enrolls from that child’s birth until he or she turns 5 years old.  We accomplish this by working with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (who pays half the cost of the program).  GBBF manages the ongoing, statewide implementation of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee; assisting all Tennessee preschool children in developing their vocabulary, school readiness, and love of learning and reading by ensuring that free, high quality, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month directly to their homes, from birth until age five.  Our part is paying half the cost of the program (about $13 per child for us annually) and maintaining the mailing list.  The Hickman County Commission established the Hickman County Imagination Library in 2004 with Hickman County Resolution 04-48 and passed responsibility for doing the work and funding the program to Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association.

So, why did I contribute to the Hickman County Imagination Library today?  When I was in the first grade, Miss Inis, my teacher, gave me a book for Christmas.  I will always remember that.  Not that I lacked for books or reading material, my parents saw to that.  But for some reason, that gift of a book and her helping develop my love of reading stuck with me.  I will always remember that.  Mrs. Inis B. Puckett, her funeral was held today.  She taught many kids over her 43-year teaching career, not just me.  Every day, I read – for fun and profit.  I know I use something everyday that Miss Inis taught in that first grade classroom.  I will always remember her caring enough to give that book to me, a truly special gift.

So, why did I contribute to the Hickman County Imagination Library today?  Someone has to.  All those members of the community who don’t give and worse, don’t care, including county commissioners, I will always remember that too.


About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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