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United Way Idaho Holds Childrens’ Book Drive

Original Source: KPVI News

A couple months off from school means fun and relaxation for kids, but that could cause their reading skills to slide. Now staff at one organization are asking for the community for help curbing that trend.

All this week, the United Way of Idaho is holding its first Children’s' Book Drive. Drop boxes are set up at locations and businesses across the area.

The goal at the Southeast Idaho chapter is to raise 10,000 books. The drive runs through Friday, when the books will be collected. They will then be sorted, and handed out to libraries and day care centers for children to keep.

The idea started when the United Way directors across Idaho realized they all have something in common.

“Kids need to read more, and when they don't read in the summer, those skills slide. And so they decided let's just do a state-wide book drive, and so all 7 United Ways in Idaho are doing the book drive together this week,” said Beth Estopinal from the United Way of Southeastern Idaho.

For more information on drop-off sites, or to sign up to volunteer, visit UnitedWayIF for the Idaho Falls area or UnitedWaySEI for the Pocatello area.