United Way of the Midlands staff and volunteers filled more than 900 literacy totes with over 5,000 books as a part of Be a Book Bunny, a Young Leaders Society (YLS) initiative that promotes literacy by filling totes with books and school supplies for local kindergarten through second grade students.
Totes were filled to be distributed through United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium’s partnership with eight local school districts: Fairfield, Lexington One, Lexington Two, Lexington-Richland Five, Newberry, Orangeburg County, Richland One and Richland Two.
“Be a Book Bunny allows United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium to provide new, age-appropriate books for children in the Midlands who may not have libraries at home,” said Melissa Dunn, United Way of the Midlands Director of Education. “Our goal is to continue to encourage healthy reading habits at home especially with what is happening today. We wanted to give students and families something that could be of benefit while working and learning from home because our families and students have had their lives turned upside down.”
United Way of the Midlands staff, United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society and the Midlands Reading Consortium volunteers took precautions by wearing gloves and using hand sanitizer while packing the totes.
Be a Book Bunny literacy totes included four new, age-appropriate books, one set of markers, crayons or colored pencils, a ruler and a coloring book.