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May 27, 2016

United Way Day of Action to Promote Reading and Kindergarten Readiness

For kids, summertime signifies no school and unlimited time to play and have fun with friends. While the time is a welcome break, it’s also important kids return to school in the fall ready to learn. How do you prevent kids from going down the “summer slide”? Put the June 18 United Way Day of Action on your family's summer to-do list!

Each June, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit during the United Way Day of Action. It's an opportunity to LIVE UNITED and take collective action to address challenges facing individuals and families in those communities. In Greater Cincinnati, 2016 events are focused on engaging parents, caregivers and kids in building reading skills and preparing for kindergarten.

“Summer learning opportunities are critical in preventing learning loss and are especially important for low-income students who lack access to enrichment programs once the school doors close for summer,” said Amber Brown, senior education manager, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.” Ensuring that all children and youth have the opportunity to learn in the summer is a critical strategy to closing the achievement gap in our community.” 

United Way will host two Day of Action events on Saturday, June 18—Wild About Reading! at the Cincinnati Zoo and the Kindergarten-Readiness Fun Fair at UC East in Batavia.

Wild About Reading! 


Get Wild About Reading! from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Cincinnati Zoo Peacock Pavilion. Tickets are $7 per person which includes parking.

Click here to purchase tickets.

This event will feature educational family fun, prizes and giveaways for the first 1,000 attendees and on-site volunteer activities.

Scheduled activities include:

  • African dance and drumming – Bi-Okoto Cultural Institute
  • Children's dancing and singing – Growing Sound
  • Hip-hop dancing – Elementz
  • Jump rope making and family jumping – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati
  • Live animal encounter – Cincinnati Zoo educator
  • Puppet show – Madcap Puppets
  • Short-story writing on typewriters  – Wordplay Cincy
  • Family volunteer activity – United Way Volunteer Connection
  • Photobooth – TapSnap
  • Life-sized board game – The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co.
  • Healthy plate activity – YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Calming yoga for kids – The Yoga Bar

Kindergarten-Readiness Fun Fair


Rain or shine event to include:

  • Crafts for kids

  • Face painting 

  • Healthy cooking session

  • Information on summer library programs

  • Interactive story telling, crafts

  • Moon bounce

  • Prize raffle for completing a passport by visiting all the activity stations 

  • Signup information on immunizations, library cards, WIC, Girl Scouts



Brown County Public Library, Mt. Orab branch

Cincinnati Nature Center

Child Focus

Cincinnati Circus

Cincinnati Face Painters

Clermont County Public Health District 

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Help Me Grow

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

The Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown County       

OSU Extension

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati