May 02, 2019

Women UNITE to Share a Love of Learning

Every May, the United Way Women UNITED Leadership Team puts a little twist on the old May Day Basket tradition. Instead of giving out baskets of goodies, these women prepared and delivered baskets of Imagination Library books to over 15 local child care centers.

This year was the 8th Annual Women UNITED May Day Baskets of Books Event. With a spring in their step, Women UNITED Volunteers delivered nearly 900 books to child care centers for kids to read and take home. While delivering the books, they also had the opporutnity to sit down and share some of their favorite stories during a special story time to celebrate and encourage reading.

Mary Jo Hotzler reading to an excited group of kids at Jasmine Childcare and Preschool. 

"When you get out there and you’re able to actually see the kids just light up by us coming in and reading a book and something as simple as that, you just don’t get that every day,"  Mary Jo Hotzler, Forum Communications, Women UNITED Leadership Team Volunteer, "everything that we are trying to do is to help children succeed and get them prepared for school. The sooner we can get them reading and exposed to learning, they better off they are going to be not only when they get to kindergarten but ultimately in life."

We know that a love of reading goes hand in hand with a a love of learning and that's why we strive to help put books in the hands of kids in our community at an early age. Last year, more than 8,000 local children ages 0-5 recieved monthly books in the mail through our partnership with Imagination Library. 

Imagination Library

Any child 0-5 living in Cass or Clay Counties is eligible to register to receive a free monthly book in the mail through United Way Imagination Library.


Watch KVRR's coverage of the event here

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