Give a Child the Gift of Imagination

Please help us prepare the children in our community to become lifelong learners.

About Us

Did you know that The MONARCH TRAIN is an acronym? It stands for The Mission of Nicholas and Ayden: Reaching Children’s Hearts Through Reading, Art, Imagination, & Nature. Our mission is to advance literacy and music education in North Idaho.


I was raised by a loving single mom. We did not have a lot of money. My mom did not have a lot of time raising two kids on her own. When I started kindergarten, I was not prepared to read. I was far behind my classmates. This continued into the third grade, when I finally caught up after some special service interventions from the school.

This is why I am so passionate about the work that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library does. This is why I am so passionate about bringing the program to children in our community. I truly believe that if the Imagination Library would have been available to me, my early education could have been far more beneficial.

While we are proud of our partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, there is also another side to The MONARCH TRAIN.

Just weeks after my seventeenth birthday, I fell madly in love for the very first time. His name was Nicholas Struckman. He became my everything. I got to spend two years of his very short life with him. He died at the age of nineteen.

I pledged to myself that he would never be forgotten and that his beautiful life would not be in vain.

Nick and I shared a belief and that belief is now the foundation of The MONARCH TRAIN. Music, reading, and writing can change lives. Children who are introduced to music, reading, and writing at a young age, can discover their truest selves. They can be given a safe place to escape.

I do not know where I would be today if I had not been given my journal or my headphones. Being able to write down my feelings gave me a place to work out inner emotions I did not understand at the time. Being able to put on my headphones and escape into a world where I felt understood, saved me on so many levels.

This is why the goal of The MONARCH TRAIN focuses on three components.

Imagination Library
Providing free books to children from ages birth to five.

Ayden’s Lyrics
Giving free journals to children from ages five to eighteen.

Melody Bridge
Offering free music instruments and lessons to children from low income families.

We hope you will get involved and join us on this amazing journey. You can donate to us online or by mail. Your donation is completely tax deductible. Our EIN is 82-5287260.

To donate online to us, please click here for our PayPal account, or send a check or money order to the following address:

PO BOX 3041
Post Falls, ID 83877

Please like us and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You can also get in touch via email at or by phone at (208) 718-2758.

You can meet our board here or get to know more about our namesakes, Nicholas and Ayden.

If you have a child under the age of 5 and live in Shoshone County, you can now register them for the Imagination Library. To register, please click on the links below:

Shoshone County

Thank you for everything you are doing in your own life to help make the world a better place. We hope you will hop on board The MONARCH TRAIN.

All the best,
Melody Alderman
Founder and President

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