United Way seeks volunteers for Readers Are Leaders

Photo by Sanja Gjenero via morgueFile.com

Photo by Sanja Gjenero via morgueFile.com

On Tuesday, March 8, United Way will be hosting the annual Readers Are Leaders event as part of Read Across America – a celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, to share the joy of reading with elementary aged students throughout Kenosha County.

In its seventh year, this event looks to recruit and engage more than 300 community volunteers, with the goal of reaching 11,000 students. Participating volunteers will convene at the Gateway Technical College’s Madrigrano Auditorium (3520 30th Avenue) at 8 a.m. for a brief breakfast and program.

Every volunteer will receive two books, pencils and bookmarks to bring into each classroom for the students to keep, along with an event t-shirt. Around 8:40 a.m. the volunteers will depart to their classrooms to read the books and talk with the students about why reading is important.

Volunteers can range from local college students, retirees and seniors, nonprofit partners, to employees of local companies. Registration can be completed on United Way’s volunteer website, Get Connected – getconnected.kenoshaunitedway.org. Volunteers have the opportunity to pick the school and even the classroom of their choice.

The event is made possible through the partnership with the local school districts, which include: Kenosha Unified, Bristol, Salem, Wheatland, All Saints Catholic School and St. Joseph’s Academy, and also through the generous sponsorship of Carthage College and Platinum Systems and the Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone Fund.

For more information about Readers Are Leaders or for assistance in registering, contact Erin Morey at emorey@kenoshaunitedway.org or 262-658-4104.


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