As one strategy to create a healthy, well-educated, financially stable workforce of tomorrow, United Way is making community investments to ensure children reach the critical developmental milestone of reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Focusing on helping Southwest Virginia’s youngest children become proficient readers gives them a strong start.
Literacy kits (lit kits) not only deepen the reading experience for the child and who they are reading with, they also are a great way to bring volunteers together around the importance of reading on grade level by the end of third grade. Working on a lit kit project is a wonderful opportunity to generate and celebrate teamwork among employees with a focus on increasing access to print material for local children. Volunteers can have fun and explore their creativity while making an activity to increase pre-literacy skills in young children, getting them ready to learn.
Once you fill out the form to let us know you’re interested, we’ll walk you through the process. We’ll connect you with a classroom in your community that’s in need of lit kits, and we’ll provide links to download, print, and purchase everything you need (the cost is minimal – around $200-$300 for lit kits for a full classroom).
Volunteers use their creativity along with arts and crafts to make related props, games or other activities to make reading interactive and enjoyable for everyone involved. The crafts that volunteers create will stay with the book and help bring that book to life when the child reads it. While making literacy kits, volunteers will participate in a unique experience with co-workers and make a meaningful difference in the community.
Each lit kit contains one brand-new, age-appropriate book, one parent packet with tips and activities to pair along with the book, an encouraging note written by the volunteer to the young reader, and a game/activity that is created by hand onsite to deepen the child’s experience of reading the book in the classroom or at home.