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 specific community impact program to develop young readers and nuture a culture of learning. UWR Board members work with families, schools, and other organizations in the community to sponsor activities that promote early childhood literacy.
Project – A Day in K – To prepare Pre-K children for the new experience of school, the fourth annual “A Day in K” event was held at Hull’s Drive-in last 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 also have participation by the 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 multiple activities and crafts. Every rising Kindergartner received a bag of school supplies, learning activities and a new reading book.
Project – Christmas Basket Books – Coordinated by Rene’ and Bob Glidden with the generosity of several donors, UWR provided a new, age appropriate book to each child through the Rockbridge Christmas Basket program.
Project - Book Recycling - Community Book Drives were held throughout the year to collect donations of gently used books for early readers. The UWR redistributed the books to local children via the 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.
Project – For the Love of Books! – Coordinated by Anna Lisa Fitzgerald at Books & Co…Toys Too! with the generosity of several donors, a new book was provided to each first and second grade child at the end of the school year.
Please consider giving a gift today because your community needs your support!
Video created as an introduction to kindergarten: