Orange County United Way and Santa Ana elementary schools events also kick off Read Aloud Month with citywide reading of Dr. Seuss Books
Event is a key component of United Way’s FACE 2024 communitywide action plan to promote early grade literacy and reduce school dropout rates in Orange County
WHAT: Orange County United Way and Santa Ana schools celebrate “Read Across America” to kick off “National Read Aloud” month
WHO: United Way President and CEO Max Gardner, United Way Volunteers, select elementary schools in Santa Ana
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2016; 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Heroes Elementary: 1111 W Civic Center Dr., Santa Ana, CA 92703 and at schools across the City of Santa Ana
WHY: March 2nd is “Read Across America” day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The event also coincides with the kickoff of “National Read Aloud” month, during which parents are encouraged to “read aloud” to children for 15 minutes every day. When parents read aloud to their young children they are more likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade, a key milestone on the road to high school graduation. Early grade literacy is a core component of United Way’s 10-year FACE 2024 community-wide action plan and Education goal of cutting the local high school dropout rate in half by 2024.
21Strat 949.981.5008, Karlak_p@auhsd.us
Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY:
Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County and focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient lives. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan, (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), we collaborate with local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of local individuals and families. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.