Show us what you’re reading to help El Paso’s children!

KidsBooksLiteracy is the biggest predictor of success in school and is of great importance in El Paso County where 1 in 4 children do not graduate high school on time. But summer is upon us and with it comes the dreaded “summer slide” where children without access to books and enriching activities lose ground to their academic peers.

That is why on Friday, June 21, 2013, your United Way of El Paso County is joining forces with United Way Worldwide to celebrate a Day of Action focused on literacy.

United Way of El Paso County volunteers will read and hand out books to children at sites throughout the community, including libraries, child development centers, hospitals, and summer camps.

El Paso Times Editor Bob Moore shows a biography of Thomas Jefferson he's reading on his iPad.

El Paso Times Editor Bob Moore shows a biography of Thomas Jefferson he’s reading on his iPad.

You can do your part in raising awareness on literacy issues by spreading the word to read to our children and sharing photos of the books that you or your children are reading this summer. Post your #EPDayOfAction photos on Twitter and Instagram or on our Facebook page.

Information: Rebecca Vorel at 915-533-2434 ext. 228 or rvorel@unitedwayelpaso.org

Resources:

El Paso Public Library reading programs for children

The American Association of School Librarians lists several benefits of reading aloud to children:

  • Children’s self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
  • Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
  • Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
  • Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
  • Children develop imagination and creativity.
  • Children learn information about the world around them.
  • Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
  • Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.

Other helpful links:

National Center for Family Literacy – What works

Learn more about what you can do at the United Ways Google Hangout “The 21″

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