News Press Release

United Way’s Way of Doing

Volunteers poised to “˜Do Something About It’ in
Wakulla County, Big Bend during United Way’s “˜Days of Doing’

Week-long READ UNITED effort gives volunteers across Big Bend
opportunity to share gift of books, love of reading with first-graders

What: Volunteers across the Big Bend will read and give a book to first-graders as part of United Way of the Big Bend’s (UWBB) “Days of Doing” called READ UNITED. The READ UNITED effort was developed to encourage a love of reading in students and provide books to get them started on this journey. More than 4,400 books will be distributed throughout the Big Bend.

Who: Every first-grade, public-school student in the Big Bend (Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties). SEE BELOW FOR LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN WAKULLA COUNTY. It will also give volunteers an opportunity to read to kids.

  • READ UNITED Volunteers will adopt a school or classroom, pick up/deliver them to the assigned first-grade classroom, read a book to the class, and then distribute a book to every student.
  • READ UNITED would not be possible without the generosity of the following contributing organizations: Books-A-Million 4,000 books, Fairpoint Communications 200 books, and Volunteer USA Foundation 200 books.

When: April 25 ““ 29

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Where: 425 books will be distributed to Crawfordville Elementary, Medart Elementary, Riversink Elementary, and Shadeville Elementary

Why: Reading helps children develop vital language skills, open up new worlds, enrich their lives, and enhance social skills. UWBB’s DAYS OF DOING was created to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human-service needs, and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish. “Days of Doing” is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the community.

Quotes: “We are very grateful to the Big Bend United Way for the gift of books for our young readers. The gift of a book lasts a lifetime. This will only serve to reinforce how proud we are of our beginning readers.” ““ Robert Pearce, Medart Elementary Principal.  More Volunteers poised to READ UNITED in Wakulla Big Bend during Days of Doing 042111 (word)