Local residents can help kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s 2nd Annual STAR Readers Book Drive Feb. 18-March 8. The drive benefits the group’s STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. The online book drive gives donors the chance to choose from four age-appropriate books for children in kindergarten through third grade. The goal is to collect more than 650 books, one for each child in United Way’s STAR Readers project. To purchase books, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
As part of the STAR Readers Book Drive, United Way is teaming up with Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights for a children’s reading event. Families are invited to A Starry Night from 7-8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at 6111 Sunrise Boulevard. Local residents will offer dramatic readings of the books, which will be available to purchase that night for the book drive. The event will include refreshments, and children are encouraged to wear pajamas. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.