Reading Day across the United States was founded in 1998 is celebrated by the National Association of Education and March 2 to keep children excited to read. To promote the benefits of reading, especially for primary school children, Way United States Central Indiana recently donated nearly 1,000 books to first- to third-graders at libraries across the Boone and Hamilton.
It is a non-profit organization in Indianapolis that serves an area of seven states: Boone, Hendricks, Hamilton, Marion, Putnam, Hancock and Morgan. Its main goal is to help families living near the poverty line.
The United Indiana Way helps financially disadvantaged families by providing assistance for basic needs and providing e-commerce.educational opportunities and promotion of public policies that address the root causes of financial instability and poverty.
Much of the educational goals of the Central Indiana United Road are to promote intergenerational mobility. The goal is to bring children from financially vulnerable families with the resources to keep them out of poverty at an early age.
One of the ways the organization works toward this goal is to focus on early childhood education, and more specifically, the importance of reading.
For the past 14 years the Central United Indiana Road conducted a ReadUP program, which sends volunteers to schools across the region to study with third-graders who are lagging behind in their literacy skills.
Hamilton and Bunn’s director of public relations, Aaron Gore, said the focus on third-grade literacy was not chosen at random.
“Third grade literacy is really an important point for a child because it’s the last year a child learns to read, ”Gore said.“ When they move into fourth grade, the transition period begins when they learn to read instead receive. “
To help support the program, United Indiana Road has donated nearly 1,000 books to first- and third-graders at seven libraries in Boone and Hamilton counties, including the Hussein-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, the Lebanese Public Library, and the Thorntown Public Library. , Hamilton East Public Library, North Hamilton Public Library, Sheridan Public Library and Westfield Washington Public Library.
According to Gore, 74 percent of students who struggle after third grade will never be able to reach their peers, which will have a significant impact on graduation rates, future employment opportunities, and income potential.
“Honestly, this is one of the most horrible statistics when you think about how in the third grade, if a child lags behind in literacy, it can have a negative impact on their entire lives,” Gore said.
HMMPL Youth Department Chief Kelly Brooks said the 230 books the library had taken from United Way Central Indiana had disappeared in a matter of days.
“People were thrilled to receive these books. We saw a lot of families who were looking for copies for days, so it didn’t take long, ”Brooks said. “And we really loved working with United Way. It was a fantastic experience everywhere. ”
United Indiana Road works with Scholastic for the program and allows Scholastic the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, to choose two age-appropriate books to focus on their good character and acceptance of themselves and those around them. The books were presented in Spanish and English.
Two books selected for charity, “Be You!” by Peter Reynolds and “Good Seed” by Jory John. Gore traveled to County Boone Libraries on Feb. 28 and to Hamilton County Libraries on March 1 to hand out and read books to children in attendance.
“Our goal is to encourage reading, especially at an early age, with these books and to ensure that families have the ability to build their own home libraries, because we know that when parents read to their children, there are too many of them. a better level of literacy, ”Gore said.
- Huss-Mayfield Public Memorial Library (230)
- Lebanese Public Library (120)
- Thorntown Public Library (60)
- East Hamilton Public Library (230)
- Hamilton North Public Library (60)
- Sheridan Public Library (60)
- Westfield Public Library Washington (230)