United Way- Summer Ready Project

Traditionally, one of the great pleasures of childhood has been the coming of summer. The magic of summer is still the perfect atmosphere to discover the treasure of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirates; the evil mystery of Sherlock Holmes mortal enemy, Dr. Moriarity; or the tween crushes and dramatic activities of the Marsh sisters. Summer is for reading!

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Unfortunately, many children have no access to summer reading programs or camps and may not have appropriate books at home, a lack that will ultimately limit their knowledge of the world and of themselves. The equivalent to a loss of two months of reading instruction over the summer will accumulate over time and explains much of the achievement gap evident by high school.

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Looking for a way to give back? New in town and interested in meeting like-minded and community-spirited neighbors? United Way of Indian Wells Valley would like to engage the people in our community in our project, and are looking for volunteers and donations.

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We need volunteers to collect books from friends, family, neighborhoods, churches, workplaces, etc. The books can be new or slightly used, and suitable for school age children. We also need backpacks, book bags, and tote bags, also new or slightly used. These can be handmade from scraps, discarded jeans, etc. We also need volunteers for the “backpackpacking”, June 16th 9am-12pm.

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If you’re not able to participate in any of these ways, we are very happy for $ donations. Remember one dollar + tax can buy a book and help a child.

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The backpacks will be packed on June 16h, so all collections have to be received by then.

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Want to help? Contact Kari Boisvert at (760)375-1920 or kari@unitedwayiwv.org. Let us know if you would like to collect books, sew or collect backpacks or bags, or help pack the backpacks.

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Drop boxes will be placed all over town, call if you need a location.

 

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Click here for the sign-up form.

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