6th Annual United Way Women’s Leadership May Day Baskets of Books Event

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A group of United Way Women's Leadership Council volunteers celebrated May Day by giving books to children, promoting literacy, and thanking and honoring child care professionals for the important work they do to care for and prepare our community’s children for success. In honor of May Day, 12 volunteers read and handed out over 1,000 books to children at local childcare facilities. They also gave teachers a special treat to recognize the hard work that they do to take care of and teach children as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

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BRIEF AND FAST FACTS:
• Over 1,000 books were delivered to 14 local childcare centers throughout the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo metro area.
• 12 volunteers (Women on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council) delivered books and read to children.
• In addition, the volunteers thanked childcare providers by giving them notes of encouragement and a small treat to thank and honor them for the important work they do to care for and prepare our community’s children for success.
• 286 low income children were able to access high quality early childhood education because of childcare scholarships provided by United Way.
• Each year on May Day these volunteers deliver books to celebrate the United Way Imagination Library program. This is the 14th year that United Way of Cass-Clay has made Imagination Library available to local children. Imagination Library is a program of the Dollywood Foundation funded locally by United Way of Cass-Clay that provides books to preschool children ages 0-5 throughout Cass and Clay Counties.
• Imagination Library is a part United Way’s BOLD COMMUNITY GOAL to Prepare Children for Success. This is 1 of 5 BOLD COMMUNITY GOALS.  United Way invests in early childhood development and educational programs that ensure children have the positive, enriching experiences needed to succeed in school and in life.
• On average in 2016, over 9,000 local children received a book in the mail every month, thanks to United Way. There are currently 9,068 children registered for the program.
• In 2016 there were 108,816 books were sent to the homes of local children, thanks to United Way. 
• It costs about $25 per year to sponsor a child to receive one book per month for an entire year through Imagination Library.

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