Students at the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center received new books to help them start the journey.
The United Way's Success by Six has purchased books for the children at the LEAAP Center as well as those involved in the Family Literacy Program.
"Reading is the single most important thing families can do for the success of children," teacher Betsy Miller said. "The LEAAP Center promotes early literacy in every classroom."
Success By 6 is a community-based program sponsored by the United Way. Their goal is to provide every child with the opportunity to acquire basic reading skills so they can begin kindergarten ready to learn.
There will be a total of 1,000 books, 500 already delivered and an approximate 500 still to be given.
"We really want to thank the United Way's Success by Six for their donations and continuous support," teacher Sandy Frankville said. "Parent and community involvement is very important at the LEAAP Center."
With the addition of the Born Learning Trail at Forest Park and the Mother Goose on the Loose program, coordinator Mary Yelton appreciates the United Way's support of the Literacy Program at the center.
"We appreciate being able to provide books to the children," Yelton said. "We appreciate everything they do."
Yelton wants parents to know reading to children of any age at least 10-20 minutes every day is important for any child's success in school.
"Bedtime is a great time to read to children, because it helps them slow down and prepare to go to sleep," she said. "Reading at any time is beneficial for a child's development and it should be enjoyable for the children and the reader."
She also said reading is a good way to bond for parents and children.
"Strong and close relationships are formed when reading to children," Yelton said. "The goal is to develop a lifelong love of reading."
In the end, it was listening to the children reading which brought joy to the teachers.
"Reading is very important for the development of all children." teacher Cheryl Williams said. "The students love the books."