Millions of volunteers across the country will celebrate the 14th anniversary of Read for the Record on November 7th to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy. Volunteers will all read the book, “Thank you Omu” by Oge Mora to elementary school aged children. For this year’s event, United Way of Central Georgia has teamed up with 27 elementary schools in five Central Georgia counties: Bibb, Houston, Monroe, Crawford, and Jones. UWCG’s Volunteer Engagement Specialists are recruiting around 400 volunteers to give about two hours of their time and read to children at their local elementary schools on November 7th.
“We are calling all parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends, and community members,” said JoLee Henson, Volunteer Engagement Specialist at United Way of Central Georgia. “The impact of Read for the Record sends shockwaves throughout Central Georgia when the importance of early literacy is felt by not only parents with young children, but the community as a whole. It’s important that our community members recognize that when a child isn’t reading proficiently at certain milestones, there’s a direct connection to continuing test scores and eventually graduation rates.”
On November 7th, Read for the Record’s volunteers typically volunteer from 9am-11am and read to children for 30 min to an hour depending on the school needs. To sign up for this year’s event, click here.