April is the Month of the Young Child and a great time to remind parents about the importance of literacy and kindergarten readiness, in addition to the value of parent-child engagement. After all, parents are the first teachers of their children!
Beginning April 12, which is national Drop Everything and Read Day, we’ll begin a weeklong virtual story time program on United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s YouTube channel.
Drop Everything and Read Day is a national celebration that reminds families to make reading a priority activity in their lives. On this day, the birthday of children’s author Beverly Cleary, families are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together.
We’ve recruited individuals throughout the community to be volunteer readers, sharing their favorite childhood story on video. All videos will be curated into a playlist, and we will release new videos each day after school and before bedtime Monday through Friday during the week of April 12, 2021.
After the Virtual Story Time promotion ends, the community will be encouraged to participate in our newest volunteer opportunity — Kits for Success — assembling literacy kits for families in Hamilton County as a tool for kindergarten readiness. To learn more about how to get involved, contact Laura Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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