There is no better gift to a child than a book. After all, reading unlocks a whole new world, and being a great reader can change a life forever.
United Way of Inner Wisconsin has several initiatives that focus on early grade learning and reading because we know how foundational reading is to a person's well-being and success.
But it all starts in the early years. From birth through third grade, children are learning to read, after thirrd grade they are reading to learn.
For the past three years, we have been holding the Great Book Giveaway event just after school ends for the year. Children are read to for 30 minutes, and then they get to select a book to keep, a book to take home and enjoy during the summer.
The Great Book Giveaway is held at six local locations and is for all ages to enjoy.
United Way is calling on the community to help us gather the books that we will giveaway. Between now and May 3, we are holding a new and very gently used book drive. Cash donations will be accepted toward the purchase of books.
We are in need of books for all ages and reading levels from birth to age 12. If you would like to make a donation of books or cash, please drop it off between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at United Way of Inner Wisconsin, 351 Oak St. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing the kids at the fourth annual Great Book Giveaway.
If you have not signed up for our of our community conversations there is still time - please come share your thoughts about the Building Blocks of a Better Life: Education, Income and Health. There are a variety of dates and times available:
South Wood County
? 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 6:30 pm. Wednesday.
? 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
? 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday.
All meetings will be held at River Cities Bank, 1601 Lincoln St., in the lower level.
? 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 24, in the Conference Room at Moundview Memorial Hospital.
? 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 in the Conference Room at Moundview Memorial Hospital
? 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 in the cafeteria at Adams Friendship Elementary School.
To register for a conversation, email Angie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to join one of the conversations, we ask that you share your thoughts via a short survey. Access the survey by visiting our website at www.uwiw.org and click on the appropriate survey for your location. The survey will be available until April 30. If you have questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call 715-421-0390.