By Kelsey Tubb, 2018 Loaned Executive Chair
Our Loaned Executive volunteers held the annual Day of Caring on Friday, June 22nd.
Splitting into four teams, each team hosted an event with a different United Way Community Partner: Early Learning Centers, Guadalupe-Parkway Neighborhood Centers, the Parenting Cottage and Literacy Lubbock, and Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock. Our teams incorporated a literacy project into their activities for the day, emphasizing the importance of reading. We, also, sent each child home with a book. An estimated 150 children between the ages of 3-12 received a new book of their very own that day.
Reading is such an important part of a child’s life. It is important that children view reading as fun and not so much as a chore or homework. Our teams certainly accomplished that. Our black team, for example, led by Heather Newberry with United Supermarkets, read the book Theo at the Beach by Jacklyn Crupi. They followed up the reading with beach-themed activities that included building sandcastles and a beach ball relay game that the kids thoroughly enjoyed.
It was such a blessing to see the look on the face of the children at these partner agencies on this day. They loved every minute and I know that our Loaned Executives did too. A huge thank you to our Loaned Executives for the hard work they put into planning the activities for the Day of Caring and thank you to the partner agencies for allowing us to come into your organization and interact with the children. It was a fun day! We all left very encouraged, and we hope to carry that motivation into the fall when the campaign starts.