How Dolly Parton gives back to her Tennessee community

The Dollywood Foundation provides scholarships to high school seniors in Sevier County, Tennessee, where the country star grew up.
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There any. Ask some. At every point in her career when she got famous when something could happen. It is directly paired with her coming back to severe cell in doing something. And that starts we back in the seventies when she starts getting famous. The first thing she did is came back to severe county and did concerts to raise money for the severe high school marching. She was in the march fans there town school. Probably that first. It's significant program that really. You know grab people's attention was the buddy program in their early ninety's and that was. A way to address the dropout rate at high school which at that time was. Well over 30%. Not king not anymore. Eight years. 500 dollars dollars went along. And so by creating this program and see what happens those two classes have plummeted to 6%. Drop out rate. And then it's stage at a reasonable rate ever sets up steel heat. And refer to it ought to be as far as walked Dolly. You know man not only to me for absolutely ever graduate of severe foundation. It's very difficult to find somebody in here Connecticut hasn't been touched by Dali art. There's scholarship program for the students and our accountants and accounting. Started. Again probably in the late late ninety's this these scholarships are cast and Dolly's image of her situation which was. We want that person who has a very clear idea. Of what they want to do in life and a plan to get there someone he's chasing rainbows. Will be rainbow that I'm chasing is that I want to become a psychiatrist. I was a freshman in high school. And my father passed away from cancer. Needless to say it was a very emotional experience. As it is I mean talking about it right now I'm kind of you know it's just it's it's very difficult to talk about. On top of all of the emotional turmoil of course there was scarcity of funds column my gonna pay for college how well my gonna pay her medical school. This is just this determines everything for me any it wishes it was phenomenal.

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