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Virtual Volunteers needed for Read Across America Day

United Way of Central Georgia is seeking virtual volunteers for Read Across America Day on March 2nd. Although volunteering on Read Across America Day will look a bit different this year, the importance of spreading the love of reading is the same as always. In the past, volunteers have visited schools across the community to read one of their favorite books to an elementary school classroom. This year, United Way is taking Read Across America Day VIRTUAL. Volunteers will record themselves reading a book and send those videos to United Way of Central Georgia by February 28th. Those recordings will then be shared with classrooms across the area during the week of March 2nd (Read Across America Day).

“Even though our volunteers are unable to physically get back into the classroom [due to COVID-19 restrictions] and spend time reading and mentoring young children, we’ve found that many Central Georgians are still looking for a way to connect and give back,” said United Way of Central Georgia Resource Development Director Madison Bishop. “Several workplaces and organizations across our area participate in Read Across America Day every year. We are incredibly proud, as an organization, we are still able to make this yearly event possible for both our volunteers and the children of Central Georgia.”

The theme to this year’s Read Across America Day is “Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers.” For a list of suggested books, click here. To get involved with Read Across America Day, contact Madison Bishop at United Way of Central Georgia at mbishop@unitedwaycg.com. Volunteer readers will have access to a free virtual library or access to a local school library if interested in participating.