LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: Dolly Parton attends the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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When education philanthropy is discussed, the usual names come up: Bill Gates, Chan-Zuckerberg, Laurene Powell Jobs, the Walton Foundation. But one woman who’s rarely discussed has made a huge difference for pre-schoolers across the country and around the world, and that’s Dolly Parton.
Parton comes from one of the poorest parts of the country, Sevier County, Tennessee. She grew up with eleven siblings. a mother who had married in the seventh grade, and a father who could neither read nor write. Parton once said, “He couldn’t