Reading Buddies will take place throughout the Wabash Valley.
The overall goal for Reading Buddies is to collect 1,500 stuffed animals, which will be given out to every first-grade student within the Vigo County School Corporation and Clay Community Schools.
This month, first-graders at local elementary schools will receive their stuffed animal -- a Reading Buddy -- to read to during guided reading in the classroom and free time.
At the end of the school year, the students will take their buddies home with them to encourage further reading at home with their families.
From preschoolers to high school students, United Way of the Wabash Valley is working to ensure that the next generation is equipped with the skills to succeed in school and in life.
"The Reading Buddies program is part of the United Way of the Wabash Valley's focus on education by helping children and youth achieve their potential," United Way of the Wabash Valley Executive Director Troy Fears said.
Reading Buddies is a program within United Way's Success by 6, which focuses on increasing school readiness and helping children succeed.
The Reading Buddies program will be initially rolled out in the Vigo County School Corporation and Clay Community Schools with the goal to expand the program to the remaining elementary schools throughout the United Way's six county service area in the future.
Sponsors include the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, Tabco, Walmart, Frontier Communications, Vigo County School Corporation, Fox Canteen, Century 21, Baesler's Market and Terre Haute Young Leaders.
For more information, call Fears at 812-235-6287 or e-mail email@example.com.