United Way Collects 1,427 Children’s Books Through 3rd Annual Star Readers Book Drive

News Release

April 25, 2014 – United Way Emerging Leaders came together last night to sort 1,427 children’s books collected through United Way California Capital Region’s 3rd Annual STAR Readers Book Drive. The drive benefited United Way’s STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. The eight STAR Readers nonprofit partners picked up the books this morning to distribute to the 650 children in the program.

            “This is what happens when people come together and form a movement,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO. “We know that when kids are reading at grade level by fourth grade, they are far more likely to graduate from high school. This community came together to make sure the 650 kids in our program could feel special by having their own books, making them even more excited to practice reading and stay in school.”

The online book drive gave donors the chance to choose from four age-appropriate books for 650 children in kindergarten through third grade. The drive kicked off on March 2 as part of Fairytale Town’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. Clear Channel Radio also collected books at Sacramento-area Huntington Learning Centers. Other partners included Runaway Stage Productions, The Sacramento Bee, Scholastic, Sacramento Public Library, KSTE Talk 650 and KFBK News Radio.

Nonprofits benefiting from the STAR Readers Book Drive include Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Boys & Girls Club of Placer County, Boys & Girls Club El Dorado County Western Slope, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Davis Bridge, New Morning Youth and Family Services, Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers have formed the Live United Movement to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .