Kicking off summer reading with a Read-A-Thon

Volunteers with Always United read for young learners

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Video Credit: United Way of the Midlands. United Way's Kimberly House kicks off United Way's summer read-a-thon.

It's a summer like no other.

Summer is here and the children are out of school. But they have been out of school for three months following the rise of the pandemic. Summer break is typically a time for kids to kick back, indulge in a little extra screen time, play outside and embrace the kind of freedom that only comes with being young and having zero responsibilities.  However, all of this free time can lead to what is known as summer slide, a regression in academic proficiency due to summer break.

Summer reading helps promotes literacy and creates good reading habits that will last a lifetime.

This summer, volunteers with Always United participated in a Summer Read-A-Thon with a 24-hour Day of Action for grades 1-3 and a livestream at 5 p.m. on June 30.

The volunteers prerecorded reading dozens of age-appropriate books and offering suggested activities to keep young readers learning throughout the summer.

These videos will be available throughout the summer on our YouTube channel.

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