FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – To celebrate National Reading Month, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has released the Read United Storytime series.
The Storytime series is a collection of videos with local celebrities, personalities and community leaders reading a children’s book of their choice to promote childhood literacy. Readers include players from the defending United Soccer League 2022 Champions, San Antonio Football Club, players from our city’s brand new XFL team, the Brahmas and many more.
Books read in the Storytime Series include “Buenas Noches Luna (Goodnight Moon)”, “Don’t Throw It To Mo!”, “Charlotte’s Web” and many more!
Completely free, the Read United Storytime series can be found on United Way SA’s YouTube. The series features several books, each read by local athletes, celebrities, personalities and business leaders. The videos include:
- Victor “PC” Giro, Midfielder for San Antonio Football Club
- Rick Cavender, Owner and Partner for Cavender Auto Family
- Jacques Patrick, Running Back for the San Antonio Brahmas
- Ben Davis, Linebacker for the San Antonio Brahmas
- Brandy Ralston-Lint, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Security Service Federal Credit Union
- Elena Kraus, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Whataburger
- James Turcotte, Chief Development Officer for Whataburger
- Adam Hamilton, President and CEO of Southwest Research Institute
To further promote childhood literacy during National Reading Month, we have launched the Read United Book Drive. Open until April 20, book donations can be dropped off at our offices at 700 S. Alamo Street or purchased on United Way’s Amazon Gift List. Whether it’s one book or many, your donation will help strengthen literacy skills and help everyone in our community reach their full potential. For broadcast media, please use this QR code on screen to direct viewers to where they can order books online for the Read United Book Drive.
Please use this QR code to order a book for United Way’s book drive online!
The public is encouraged to watch the Read United Storytime series with the children in their life, donate or host book donation drives to spend time reading together with their families this month.
Why is it important to encourage reading in children?
- Early brain development has a long-term impacton a child’s ability to learn later in life
- Reading level is a key indicator for future success, as children who are not reading proficiently by the end of the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school
- Everyone is encouraged to watch the series and read as well, as the reading skill of a child’s main caregiver is a greater indicator of a child’s future success, even more than their neighborhood or family income
To find more information on programs available in San Antonio, like after-school programs that promote reading, please call United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline and select Option 1.
The Read United Book Drive and the Read United Storytime Series are just a few examples of United Way’s efforts to promote childhood literacy in our community during National Reading Month. Read United provides opportunities to make reading more accessible and engaging for all children so they can develop stronger literacy skills for a brighter future.
About United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County launched its first campaign in 1940 and has grown into the largest private investor in health and human services programs in San Antonio and Bexar County. United Way focuses on preparing children for school and life, helping students graduate and succeed, strengthening the well-being of individuals and families, and providing safety net services. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County also operates the 2-1-1 Helpline, Mission United and fosters volunteerism through the Volunteer Center at United Way.
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