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Day of Action To Help Kids Read

Original Source - Channel 10/11

By Mega Sugianto

LINCOLN, Neb.-- For United Way’s Day of Action, about 200 volunteers in the Lincoln community helped hundreds of kids.

The service is focused on youth literacy where volunteers read, hand out books, and spend time engaging and interacting with kids.

“Reading just six books over the summer can help a student maintain their reading skill level, but, it’s difficult for children who don’t have regular access to books,” said Brian Wachman, executive director of United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. “Day of Action is just one of the many ways we engage volunteers to provide services to youth in the area of literacy.”

“Day of Action is always a great way to get new books and increase the number of books in the kids library,” said Margret Stander, program supervisor at Family Service Association of Lincoln. “This allows kids to get books and their parents can read to them at an early age to start that love of books.”

Various organizations are involved: Black Hills Energy, Wells Fargo, United Way’s Emerging Leaders and Women’s Leadership Councils, among others.

Wachman said reading skills need to be maintained throughout the summer to ensure kids stay on the right track.