United Way Launches Week-Long Celebration of Reading

volunteers with books

NEW HAVEN – United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) and local volunteers gathered to kick off a week-long celebration of reading on Friday, February 25. Jennifer Heath, UWGNH President & CEO, United Way staff, and local community volunteers came together to sort and pack 680 books for local schools.

On February 28 - March 4, books will be donated to over 180 classrooms throughout greater New Haven for Read Across America. Additionally, UWGNH volunteers will have the opportunity to either record a reading to share with students virtually or read aloud to a class in-person. Book themes will be exploring Social Emotional Learning and Diversity.

Over 100 community members have signed up to spread the joy of literacy throughout our region. By reading to a class, volunteers are creating a memorable experience that will not only support teachers, but also inspire our youngest learners. Read Across America is a yearly part of United Way’s work to build literacy and language skills for students in our community to help them discover the joy of reading and succeed in school.