Our 10th Annual Day of Reading brought out 83 volunteers, who read to 756 children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old at various early childhood programs and centers. Children also received free age-appropriate books. Day of Reading showcases our premier education initiative, Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry, and promotes the importance of reading to children at an early age.
With support and guidance from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry is one of 18 coalitions of early childhood network of stakeholders, who work together to ensure that all children entering kindergarten are healthy, sell-cared for and ready to learn.
“Smart Beginnings motto of ‘ready for school, ready for life,’ is a reminder to all of us as parents that we have the power to lift our children’s learning potential simply by making books an important part of our lives,” said Kim Adkins, United Way’s executive director.
According to United Way’s director of Smart Beginnings, Melanie McLarty, “We know that reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Day of Reading provides each participating child with a book to take home to promote family reading, interaction and literacy.”
“We are so excited to have members of our community come together to support students by reading to them on Day of Reading. This event is a part of our larger initiatives that correspond with Smart Beginnings and grade level reading efforts,” added Monica Hatchett, United Way’s board president.
Thank you, volunteers, for making our 10th Day of Reading one of our very best.