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'Read United' reaches young students in Bryan County
'read united' day jan 26
Kids in a second-grade class in Richmond Hill holding up their new books as part of 'Read United' Day. (Photo provided by Jaime Daley-Vergara).

United Way volunteers spread out across classrooms in Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty counties on January 26 for the first part of Read United Day. 


Read United Day is part of ‘Read United’, a year-round series of programs that aim to improve early language and literacy for all children in United Way’s service area.


On Read United Day, United Way volunteers and community leaders read and give books to thousands of Pre-K through 2nd-grade students. Throughout this two-day initiative, nearly 1,000 volunteers will read to roughly 1,000 classrooms in 60 schools across the four-county region (Bryan, Effingham, Liberty and Chatham) giving almost 20,000 new books to local students.


“Reading is vital to the success of our children and the future of our entire region,” said Brynn Grant, current president and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “61% of low-income families do not have any books in their homes, and through this initiative, we can help change that. We are grateful for the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made it possible to give nearly every student in Pre-K through 2nd grade across our region a book of their very own.”


Read United Day originated in Liberty County and–through donor support–has since grown to include each of the four counties in United Way’s service area. 


The literacy effort will continue in Chatham County when the second part of Read United Day takes place on February 2.


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