Studies show that children whose caregivers read to them for 20 minutes a day are ready to enter school with literacy skills. But 39 percent of students in our area remain below proficient in those skills at a 3rd grade level.
The United Way of Blair County is launching the Raising Readers Program which aims to curb those numbers. The program will distribute donated books to low-income families throughout the county.
If you want to donate a book, a book drive is taking place starting Monday, March 25th and will run through Saturday, April, 6th.
New and like new books for children 0-5 years old are being collected at the following locations: Altoona Area Public Library · ARC Federal Credit Union (both locations) · Bellwood-Antis Public Library · Blair Regional YMCA · Claysburg Area Public Library · CNB Bank · CORE Physical Therapy · Domino’s Pizza, Tyrone · Garver Memorial YMCA · Greenbean Coffee House · Hollidaysburg Area Public Library · Kelly Wike, State Farm Insurance · Martinsburg Community Library · McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law · Northern Blair County Recreation Center · Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Blair Center · Powerhouse Subs · Roaring Spring Community Library · The Arc of Blair County · The Clay Cup · Tyrone-Snyder Public Library · United Way of Blair County.
United Way of Blair County will work with local early childhood education centers, schools, grant recipient programs, and other community partners to distribute the books. Children will receive a free book to take home and read with their parents or caregivers.
Follow-up with the caregivers will be completed during subsequent interactions when the child receives another book. Raising Readers is available to all children in Blair County.
If you would like more information about the program, please contact United Way of Blair County at 814-317-5108 or visit www.unitedwayofblaircounty.org/raising-readers.