2019 Q2 Newsletter My Very Own Book

You can support early literacy by donating to United Way of Johnson  & Washington Counties' My Very Own Book Drive. Companies and individuals are collecting gently used and new children’s books throughout our community. Books will be distributed to children at Iowa City Community School District's Back to School Nights and throughout the year.  Why should you donate?

Top Ten Reasons to donate:

  1. Collecting books is FUN and easy!

  2. Almost 24% of our 4th graders are not reading at grade level.

  3. Owning books is a critical indicator in every child's development.

  4. Providing books to children is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to promote language and literacy.

  5. Research shows that reading aloud to kids is THE single most important act you can do to help a child prepare for learning and reading.

  6. The number of words a child knows upon entering school is a key predictor to his or her future success.

  7. A child not reading at grade level by third grade is at a higher risk of not graduating than their peers.

  8. Lack of basic literacy skills is linked to academic challenges, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency and unemployment.

  9. Your books will go into the hands of children in Johnson County.

  10. Your partnership and participation matters.

To locate a donation site near you or arrange a drop off contact United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties at 319.338.7823 and -THANK YOU!