Staples and Inland Empire United Way teamed up on June 21, 2017 to encourage young readers and early literacy. This took part on United Way’s annual Day of Action, an event that mobilizes volunteers to make a difference in their local communities. Employees at Staples in Ontario, CA and hundreds of volunteers in 13 other Staples locations across the nation, pledged to create a total of 1,700 literacy kits.
Inland Empire United Way and Staples are working together to help boost early grade level reading as part of a long-term goal to increase the high-school graduation rate. Reading is the foundation for learning and yet, too many children enter school without the basic skills they need to learn to read. Research has shown that children learn best when they are engaged and having fun. “Literacy kits” help make reading fun for both the child and for the adult who is reading with the child. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.
All kits are being provided by Staples and include: two books, crayons, a coloring book and corresponding activities that reinforce the story to help improve literacy among young children. Staples associates will decorate and assemble the kits for children with limited access to books and Inland Empire United Way will facilitate distribution to families in need.
“Staples is focused on improving education in the communities in which we live and work,” said John Burke, Chief Culture Officer, Staples. “By inspiring children in numerous locations across the United States and Canada to love reading, Staples is doing its part to add to the global impact of United Way’s Day of Action.”
“We are excited to partner with Staples to provide these much-needed literacy kits to children in our community,” said Laurel Eriksen, Marketing Manager, Inland Empire United Way. “We’re grateful to the Staples volunteers for dedicating their time, talent, and energy to create these literacy kits, which will help kids keep reading throughout the summer.”
United Way Day of Action is a powerful way to stimulate community action that advances our goals in education, health, and financial stability on the same day. Learn more about the importance of boosting early grade reading, and find opportunities to volunteer with United Way throughout the year.