Volunteer to Help Children Succeed in Life

Monday, October 19, 2015

Depend Volunteer Project

Jean Maurice and his son volunteered at the Depend literacy kit packing event in January 2015.

Contributor: Jean Maurice Boyer, Vice Chair of United Way Fox Cities Developing Children and Youth Impact Area

Join United Way Fox Cities on Make a Difference Day, Saturday, October 24th, for a fun event where you can contribute your time to help children succeed in life!
 
Depend and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual's life, with a focus on volunteering. United Way Fox Cities is partnering with Depend, a Kimberly-Clark brand, and the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin to create literacy kits to promote early childhood literacy for children attending Menasha School District Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Volunteers will place labels in books and pack books, crayons, and other items in bags. The event will take place at the Thompson Community Center (820 W. College Ave., Appleton) from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Sign up today!
 
Supporting the development and the joy of reading in an emerging young reader enhances their success in school and in life. The books and materials in these literacy kits help children discover and grow to enjoy reading at an early stage in life. As a community, families, teachers, librarians and pediatricians are partnering to help ensure every child is ready for a critical transition in reading skill development which occurs in the 3rd grade. This is when a child will transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn.” The greater their proficiency in reading at this juncture, the easier their academic work will be in the future.
 
Focusing on developing the reading skills of young children is an example of the United Way Fox Cities addressing a community issue at its earliest phase. The strategy is to move “upstream” so that the issue can be addressed most efficiently and create lasting change. This event is one of many United Way Fox Cities-funded initiatives focused on child and youth development in our area.
 
Based on the fun time my son and I had at a similar event, I can assure you that this is a project everyone can enjoy!