On September 26, 2019, 614 United Way volunteers visited 199 second-grade classrooms in the nine school districts in Lubbock County. Volunteers and students read the book Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey at the same time across all districts and participated in activities based on the book. The story encourages a positive self-image and the importance of being yourself. All 3,611 second-graders went home with a copy of the book and a craft to go along with the story.
The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade. At this point, students who have not mastered basic reading skills will begin to fall behind in every area of study as classrooms shift from learning to read to reading to learn. The event also emphasizes the importance of parents reading with their children.
The next United We Read is tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2020. To find out more about getting involved with this project in 2020, contact us at email@example.com or 806.747.2711.
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