New books for Title I Kindergartners with support from United Way & Kimberly-Clark
Posted on 10/24/2016

United Way Fox Cities received a $5000 grant from Depend (a brand of Kimberly-Clark) and chose to use it to create literacy bags for all AASD Title I Kindergartners.

Each literacy bag will contain:  

  • United Way Fox Cities drawstring bag
  • 4 new, grade-appropriate Scholastic books
  • ½ page flyer encouraging caregivers to read with their children (see attached)
  • Bookmark decorated by volunteers

Depend and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering.

As a result of this partnership, for the past three years United Way Fox Cities has been the recipient of grant money provided by Depend to expand volunteer activities and outreach.

United Way Fox Cities has prioritized ensuring that every child has access to books, literacy-rich environments, and high-quality learning experiences.

Nan Bunnow, Assistant Superintendent, said that "Children that are read to at home develop stronger reading skills and are more successful in school. The literacy bags provided by the United Way and Depend for the kindergarten students in our Title I schools provides parents with the materials and encouragement to do so."

Thanks to the funding from Depend, United Way Fox Cities has been able to augment ongoing efforts is through providing literacy kits for more than 2,200 children.

United Way

Pamela Franzke, the AASD Title I Coordinator thanks both the United Way and Depend, saying "Our Title I schools are very appreciative of the many resources and community supports that assist in providing literacy rich environments for our students."

She continues, "The literacy bags is yet another way to create that family library in homes that may not always have the resources and builds a stronger relationship between school, home and community in support of student learning and success."

On Make a Difference Day 2016 (October 22), the largest national day of community service, 50+ volunteers spent their morning with United Way Fox Cities to continue these literacy efforts. 

Volunteers packed 600 kits with new Scholastic books, custom-made bookmarks, and information for caregivers regarding the importance of reading to their children.

The completed literacy kits were distributed to nearly 600 children throughout kindergarten classrooms in the Appleton School District. 

Schools benefiting from the donation include: Appleton Bilingual School, Badger, Columbus, Edison, Foster, Highlands, Horizons, Jefferson, Johnston, Lincoln, and McKinley.

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