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November School Readiness Book Title: Off to Bed, Little Monster!

Off to Bed Little Monster

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/20/2014) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive Off to Bed, Little Monster!/¡A la cama, monstruito! as part of November's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The book is part of United Way's school readiness focus that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

It's time for bed in Off to Bed, Little Monster!/¡A la cama, monstruito!, but first little monster must give his mom a kiss, brush his teeth, and use the potty. If he doesn't hurry up, there won't be time for Dad to read him a bedtime story. Originally written by Mario Ramos in French, young children will be entertained by little monster's interaction with his dad, as they relate them to their own bedtime routine.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive activities on each book to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate curriculum developed around each book title into their classroom. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

The Page Turner Reading Program, in partnership with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists pre-school teachers in developing pre-literacy skills essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information on United Way's Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program or its work in school readiness, contact Linda Sandquist by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 815-968-5400.

 

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United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

United Way joins national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage spending with a purpose

Giving Tuesday

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/12/2014) – On Tuesday, December 2, join United Way of Rock River Valley and millions around the world in the "unselfie" movement #GivingTuesday, a global effort that harnesses the power of social media to create a moment of giving around the holidays. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take a collaborative action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support, and help create a better world. Donations from this year's #GivingTuesday will support United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which directs new services and programs to two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods.

"Selfies are a trendy way to share a point of view. But as the giving season draws near, it's time to refocus on the bigger picture – the point of you, and what you can do to make an impact on your community," said Paul A. Logli, President/CEO. "Giving Tuesday inspires people to get involved in creating lasting positive change in their communities."

Simply visit United Way's #GivingTuesday page and make a one-time donation to United Way's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Then tell everyone you can how their contributions will also improve the educations, health and stability of families right here in our neighborhoods.

 

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities, families, businesses and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world. Visit www.givingtuesday.org for more information


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

FedEx delivers hope to two local Rockford public schools

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(Rockford, Ill. - 11/10/2014) – Over 300 books were delivered by FedEx staff last Friday to students in Beyer and King Elementary Schools in Rockford Public Schools District 205. The books were collected among employees from Rockford's three FedEx operations as part of their FedEx Cares United Way Campaign. The nationwide campaign runs through November 21 and encourages FedEx team members to bring hope to their communities.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

Over 500 books collected during first week of holiday book drive

Holiday Book Drive

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/11/2014) – Over 500 books were collected during the first week of the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, which benefits students throughout Winnebago and Ogle counties. The books will be sorted and distributed to Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford public schools, which participate in United Way's early-grade reading program, I READ.

Now until December 31, 2014, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall will ask customers to purchase a book for young readers. Customers are encouraged to purchase English and bilingual book titles for children through third grade. The Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31, 2014. Last year, 4,400 books were distributed to students.

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, contact Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, by calling 815-332-3069. For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, call Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at 815-968-5400

 

Multimedia: Click to watch a video of the kickoff


 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.

Holiday Book Drive supports young readers in United Way I READ school locations

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive

Reading mentor Karen Osolin speaks to the media about her role with I READ during today's announcement

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/05/2014) – Barnes & Noble and United Way of Rock River Valley are teaming up this holiday season for a drive to provide books to student throughout Winnebago and Ogle counties. During the months of November and December, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall will ask customers to purchase a book for young readers that will be sorted and distributed to Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford public schools, which participate in United Way's early-grade reading program, I READ. Last year, 4,400 books were distributed to students.

"Giving a book to a child from infant through high school is making a difference in literacy. For some children it is the only gift they receive during the holiday season," says Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, Barnes & Noble.

Every November, Barnes & Noble stores across the country collect books through its two-month holiday book drive, which benefits children in need, and each store location selects its own local recipient group. This year, Barnes & Noble at Cherryvale Mall once again chose United Way for its work in early-grade reading through the United Way I READ program. United Way I READ matches reading mentors with kindergarten students that need additional support as identified by the school, and assists teachers in preparing those students to read proficiently by fourth grade. Volunteers meet with their students weekly for 20 minutes during the school day and are encouraged to follow them through third grade. In its fourth year, approximately 350 kindergarten through third grade students at 18 schools in Harlem, Oregon, and Rockford school districts connect with reading mentors, resulting in the largest children's literacy mentoring program in our community.

"Children generally are learning to read until third grade. By fourth grade, they should be reading to learn because coursework increases and reading becomes more challenging. Students who do not read at grade level find it increasingly difficult to keep up," says Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, United Way of Rock River Valley.

United Way's early-grade reading program focuses on children at the kindergarten to third grade level. Customers are encouraged to purchase English and bilingual book titles for children through third grade. The Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31, 2014.

For more information on the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, contact Sherry Zabikow, Community Relations Manager, by calling 815-332-3069. For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, call Tonya Thayer Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator, at 815-968-5400

 

Multimedia: Click to watch a video of the announcement


 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.