This May, first-graders at local elementary schools will receive a 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 (UWWV) is working to ensure the next generation is equipped with the skills to succeed in school and life.
"The Reading Buddies program is part of United Way of the Wabash Valley's focus on education by helping children and youth achieve their potential," UWWV Executive Director Troy Fears said.
The Reading Buddies program will take place at elementary schools throughout the United Way's service area, including Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties, with the hopes of expanding the program in 2013.
Those interested in donating may send new or gently used 12-inch to 14-inch stuffed animals at the United Way Office, or a donation location in one of the three counties. All donations must be made by April 28.
Donation locations in Clay County include The Brazil Times, 100 N. Meridian St., Brazil, and the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil.
For more information, call Fears at 812-235-6287 or e-mail email@example.com.