Local first graders are in for a special treat March 2 through March 6 thanks to United Way of the Big Bend’s (UWBB) and their volunteers. For the 10th year in a row, more than 100 volunteers have been recruited to read with students in Title 1 schools across the region visiting schools in Franklin, Jefferson, Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, Taylor and Wakulla counties.
UWBB’s weeklong Read United effort provides volunteers an opportunity to encourage a love of reading with thousands of first graders throughout the Big Bend region. The volunteers will leave a bundle of new books for the classroom as a gift.
This year’s special volunteers include Superintendent Danny Glover of Taylor County, Shawna Beach, candidate for Taylor County Property Appraiser, Superintendent Rocky Hanna of Leon County, Sheriff Walt McNeil of Leon County, LCS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michelle Gayle and Police Chief Fed Mosley of Monticello and United Way’s new President and CEO, Berneice Cox.
For more information about this event or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Untied Way, please contact Molly Lord at Molly@uwbb.org.