Dolly was honored on Feb. 15, 2002, with the Galaxy Award, the highest honor offered by the American Association of School Administrators at its annual convention. At the event, Dolly sang "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You." The award recognizes Dolly’s work in support of raising awareness for early childhood literacy through her Imagination Library.
In her acceptance speech, Dolly mentioned the things that inspired her to get involved,
"My mother only got an eighth-grade education but she could read and write...My father couldn't do either, and I've often wondered how that affected his dreams. I've always been blessed with big dreams. The Imagination Library was one way that I could give back. I could help children chase their dreams."