United Way promotes kindergarten readiness with Read Across America Day celebrations

Children across Southern Kentucky will join millions of children across the country to celebrate the nineteenth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day on March 2, 2017.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Suess’s birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers across America to pick up a book and read on this day.

To honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate the fun and value of reading, many of America’s leading literacy, youth and civic groups will bring a nation of readers together for a celebration of reading excitement on this day.

United Way of Southern Kentucky in partnership with U.S. Bank has coordinated the following celebrations which will include the reading of a Dr. Seuss book by a volunteer U.S. Bank employee at the following locations and times:

ALLEN COUNTY: 10 a.m.-Allen County Head Start

10 a.m.-Creative Children’s Learning Center

J.M. Smucker employees will volunteer at this reading

BARREN COUNTY: 9 a.m.-Austin Tracy Elementary

BUTLER COUNTY: 9:30 a.m.-Morgantown Elementary

EDMONSON COUNTY: 10 a.m.-Edmonson County Head Start

HART COUNTY: 10 a.m.-Hart County Head Start

LOGAN COUNTY: 8:15 a.m.-Stevenson Elementary

9 a.m.-Chandlers Elementary

METCALFE COUNTY: 9:30 a.m.-Metcalfe County Elementary

MONROE COUNTY: 8:30 a.m.-Tompkinsville Elementary

SIMPSON COUNTY: 9 a.m.-Franklin Elementary

WARREN COUNTY: 10 a.m.-Wee Care Nursery

1:30 p.m.-The Foundry Christian Community Center

The goal of the readings is to show children the joy of reading and join in building a nation of readers – on March 2nd and every day. United Way of Southern Kentucky is committed to ensuring that children start school at levels of physical, social-emotional and intellectual development needed for school success. As such, United Way is working to increase BRADD Kindergarten Readiness Scores to 75% by 2020. Collaboration with events such as those related to Read Across America Day reinforce United Way’s commitment to this Big Bold Goal.

For more information about Read Across America, visit www.nea.org/readacross. To find locations of other readings that are happening from coast to coast, visit www.readacrossamerica.org.

For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.

United Way of Southern Kentucky:

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community. United Way is focused on the building blocks for good quality of life – Education, Income, Health and Safety Net. Therefore, the vision of United Way is a Southern Kentucky where all residents are educated, healthy, and financially stable. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work.

National Education Association:

The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, college faculty, school administrators, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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