Mark your calendars for March 1 – 5, 2021.  The Read United initiative provides volunteers an opportunity to share the love of reading with children in our communiy. We are proud to partner with first grade classrooms at Title I schools and early childcare programs across the Big Bend, resulting in countless smiles and widespread inspiration for reading. Each participating classroom will receive a set of books thanks to our Read United presenting sponsor, Culpepper Construction

Become a Read United Virtual Volunteer:

With many things COVID has changed the way we host this event. This year, we are asking our volunteers to submit a recorded video of you reading 2 – 3 of our preselected, age appropriate books.  Once you sign up to volunteer, further step by step details will be provided.

Video Details:

Filming Instructions:

  1. Prop your phone up against something (using a book or whatever is around), or have someone film you. Make sure your phone is at eye level. Try and keep the phone within 4 feet if possible for audio recording.
  2. Frame yourself from the chest to the top of your head (or a couple of inches over your head)
  3. Position your phone HORIZONTALLY using the BACK facing camera (it is better quality than the front facing camera).
  4. Press record, then sit down to deliver your message. Make sure you PAUSE for a couple of seconds before and after you deliver your message. This helps us when editing out the beginning and end portions of the video when you are getting situated.
  5. Once you have done your video, please upload your video to this link:

For more information about READ UNITED, please contact Molly Lord at 850-414-0853 or