The Emerging Community Leaders program is hosting a Virtual Book Drive! From October 7th-25th, you can help provide books to children birth to 5 in our community.
Did you know up to 50% of children in Champaign County are not ready for their first day of kindergarten? Many kindergarteners walk into their elementary schools and don’t know the alphabet or even how to spell their name. United Way has launched an effort called “Prescription to Read”.
All the funds raised will be used to buy books that will be donated to local Champaign County health care facilities. For every $2.50 donated to the Virtual Book Drive, one brand-new book can be donated to a child in need. For some, this may be the first book they have ever owned.
How do the books reach the children? When the children in Champaign County go to a local health care facility the doctor will use the book as a tool to see if the child’s motor skills are developing properly and then after the appointment the child will get a “prescription to read” from the doctor and bring their new book home with them.
For just $2.50, you can supply one book to a child in our community.