During United Way of the Big Bend’s Fifth annual READ UNITED event, 116 books were distributed to first grade students at Tolar and Hosford Schools. First graders had a special treat for volunteers not only gave them a free book, but read a story to them.
On hand to read and help distribute the books was Katrina Rolle, new President of United Way of the Big Bend. At Tolar Elementary she was joined by Donnie Read and Jeff McSpaden from Twin Oaks Juvenile Development, Inc; Glenda Hamby from United Way and Seth Geiger representing Superintendent David Summers of Liberty
County Schools. At Hosford Elementary, Katrina Rolle, Glenda Hamby and Seith Geiger read to the three first grade classes.
“Reading to Liberty County students at Hosford and Tolar schools was a true joy for me, for I met so many delightful, energetic students who had questions and comments about our books. Learning is always an exciting event for a child and I am so pleased that we can support READ UNITED in Liberty County. Also, I truly enjoyed visiting the schools.” Stated Katrina Rolle, President, United Way of the Big Bend.
During READ UNITED week United Way of the Big Bend distributed over 4500 books to 300 classrooms in our Big Bend eight counties of Franklin, Liberty, Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties. Between May 4-8, 200 community volunteers read such classic tales like he Cat in the Hat and Curious George to first graders and then helped distribute the free books to the students.
Throughout the year, Women UNITED, the women’s leadership initiative of United Way of the Big Bend has raised money for early education efforts, including READ UNITED. Women UNITED focuses on early education in the community with the vision of getting students reading on grade level before they reach third grade. In addition to Women UNITED’s fundraising efforts, other sponsors include Scholastic Book Fairs, Duke Energy, Wilson & Associates, The Construction Coalition, Springtime Tallahassee Rachael’s Staff, along with individual donations which have all allowed United Way to continue providing this great resource to first graders in the Big Bend area.
For more information about United Way of the Big Bend’s Early Education efforts, please contact Courtenay Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-488-8325. You can also visit the United Way of the Big Bend’s website at www.uwbb.org or like us on Facebook.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF THE BIG BEND
United Way of the Big Bend serves eight counties. In our 70 year history, we have invested over $100 million to help those in need, and worked to find solutions for issues facing our community. Our work addresses basic needs, helps families become financially stable and provides opportunities for children and youth to succeed. For more information, please visit us online at www.uwbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.