Wichita Falls, TX - In celebration of the United Way Day of Action, the North Texas Area United Way kicked off their city-wide book drive, "A Book for Every Child," on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Business. After Hours are held at the Best Western at 4540 Maplewood Ave.
United Way is partnering with the Wichita Falls Public Library and Friends of the Library to provide free books for daycare centers and children in the community ages five and under.
According to local United Way research by the Community Impact Council on Education, area day care centers struggle to keep enough age-appropriate books available for children in this age category. Over 100 licensed childcare providers in the Wichita Falls area will be given the opportunity to select books for their centers. All remaining books will be available to the public free of charge.
"United Way Day of Action is the day we stand up and ask our community to pledge to change the course of the future. This year, we're focusing on early childhood education. When children have access to age-appropriate books early-on, they go to kindergarten prepared and ready to learn," said David Farabee, United Way campaign chair and book drive chair.
United Way and its partners wish to encourage businesses to participate in this exciting event to improve childhood literacy. Businesses who wish to hold workplace book drives will be asked to coordinate their individual drives to begin June 21 and end July 20. Books will be delivered to the Wichita Falls Public Library for sorting and distribution.
If you are interested in participating in the book drive, or would like more information regarding the event, please contact Stephanie Gorham at 940.322.8638 or email her at email@example.com.