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December School Readiness Book Title: Pigsty

Pigsty

(Rockford, Ill. - 11/15/2014) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive Pigsty/El chiquero as part of December'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.

Wendell Fultz's mom thinks her son's bedroom is "turning into a pigsty!" Little does she knows to what extent: a real pig, and his friends, have moved in, forcing Wendell to clean up his act — with some help from his hooved friends. In Pigsty/El chiquero, author Mark Teague uses a humorous storyline to teach children about responsibility through the importance of keeping a clean, organized space.

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.

Mt. Morris Kiwanis Club generously supports early grade reading program

Mt Morris Kiwanis IREAD

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/11/2014) – Mt. Morris Kiwanis Club generously donated $500 in support of United Way of Ogle County's I READ program in Oregon Elementary School. I READ is an early-grade reading program that matches volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten students to help prepare them to read proficiently by fourth grade. Reading mentors are encouraged to follow their student through third grade.

Mt. Morris Kiwanis club member Lori Peterson presented the check to United Way's Ogle County Director Jennie Beckman. The donation provided backpacks containing learning items such as whiteboards, magnetic alphabet letters, books, pencils, crayons, and paper for each reading mentor. This is the first year of United Way's I READ program in Ogle County schools. The program is currently in its fourth year in Harlem and Rockford public schools. Mt. Morris Kiwanis club

For more information on United Way's I READ program or to volunteer, please contact Jennie Beckman, United Way Ogle County Director, by calling 815-986-4812 or by visiting www.wevolunteer.org.

 

 


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.

Inspired community responds with successful #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday Thanks

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/03/2014) – Yesterday, millions around the world came together for the third annual #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving that inspires action around charitable giving. Within a 24-hour period, donors raised $1,000 for United Way of Rock River Valley's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which directs new services and programs to two of the region's most challenged neighborhoods. United Way's social media channels and websites also posted significant increases in user activity.

The goal for #GivingTuesday was to inspire people to take action in creating positive change in our community through three suggested options:

 

  • make a one-time donation to United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative;
  • take the pledge to become a reader, tutor, or mentor, and help improve the education of adults and children in our area;
  • share why you give back and what you are doing to make our neighborhoods better, and upload your #PointOfU to social media.

 

The community responded with great results. United Way reached 100 percent of its goal of $1,000 for the Strong Neighborhoods initiative; website page views were up from last year for wevolunteer.org (27 percent) and unitedwayrrv.org (493 percent); Facebook post reaches increased from last year by 105 percent; and Twitter impressions hit a significant mark at 12,100. 

Donations for #GivingTuesday is officially closed but the community can continue to give their time, treasure, or voice by visiting www.unitedwayrrv.org.

 

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.

Winnebago County provides warmth to young children walking to school

Winnebago County Winter Wear

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/08/2014) – Several bags of winter clothing were donated by Winnebago County in support of United Way of Rock River Valley's Strong Neighborhoods initiative. Items collected by staff throughout Winnebago County departments will be distributed to young children participating in the Rockford Walking School Bus program. The program, which is the only daily, adult-supervised walking school bus in the country, provides a safe-walking passage for students attending Lewis Lemon Elementary School, and enables children to incorporate regular physical activity into their lifestyle.

The Rockford Walking School Bus program is a partnership between the Rockford Housing Authority, United Way of Rock River Valley, Winnebago County Health Department, YMCA of Rock River Valley, and Youth Services Network. The program is also part of United Way's new Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which is a place-based strategy to improve the quality of life for children and families living in Ellis Heights and Midtown District neighborhoods, because strong neighborhoods make a strong community.

For more information on how to support United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, contact Linda Sandquist, Vice President of United Way of Rock River Valley, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 


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.

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.

 

Additional Resources:

English Parent Piece

Spanish Parent Piece

 


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.