Rockbridge Reads!

Your Funding Support through United Way of Rockbridge

We want and need YOU to help us enhance the lives of all young children living in the Rockbridge area. United Way of Rockbridge started Rockbridge Reads! as its own special community impact program to develop young readers and nurture a community of lifelong learning. Our Board members work with families, schools, and other organizations in the community to sponsor activities that promote early childhood literacy. 

Here are a few of the projects we've tackled as part of Rockbridge Reads!

A Day in K

To prepare Pre-K children for the new experience of school, the fourth annual “A Day in K” event was last held at Hull’s Drive-in April 2019. While especially for Pre-K children, all families with young children were invited to attend. This collaborative event involved UWR volunteers as well as staff and teachers from all elementary schools in Buena Vista, Lexington, and Rockbridge County. We were fortunate to have participation by the Rockbridge Regional Library's Bookmobile, a school bus for exploration, and police and fire departments to make the move into Kindergarten an exciting and anticipated experience. Children and their families saw an original video on Kindergarten, watched movies, and participated in activities and crafts. Every rising Kindergartner received a bag of school supplies, learning activities and a new reading book. 

Christmas Basket Books

Coordinated annually by Rene’ and Bob Glidden with the generosity of several donors, United Way of Rockbridge provided a new, age-appropriate book to each child through the Rockbridge Christmas Basket delivery program. A total of 1,084 books were purchased, an increase from previous years. 

Book Recycling

Community Book Drives were held throughout the year to collect donations of gently used books for early readers. United Way Rockbridge redistributed the books to local children via the Rockbridge County Health Department, Rockbridge Area Relief Association, the YMCA, Fairfield Elementary School, and The Community Table. Through this project 1800+ books were recycled back into our community of young readers. 1,879 books were received from August 2019 until March 2020. Several hundred of those books were donated by the employees of DuPont Community Credit Union. This is an ongoing effort by United Way of Rockbridge to get books into the hands of young readers.

School Supplies for Remote Leaning

Remote learning during the pandemic created a number of challenges, such as how to provide supplies to children not in the classroom. This was not something included in previous school budgets. Many members of our community came together quickly to make the 2020 UWR “Super Heroes” school supplies drive successful. Partnering with the three school districts that provided a list of needed supplies due to COVID-19, the Ebenezer United Methodist Church women, the North Rockbridge Woman’s Club, the Secret Grannies, and student members of the Pro Bono Board at W&L Law School (as well as other groups) were instrumental in collecting 1,220 units and donating generous monetary gifts. Many businesses throughout the county sponsored collection boxes. In all, thirteen boxes of student and classroom supplies were donated to the three local school districts.

 Please consider giving a gift today. Your community needs your support!