United Way Volunteers Celebrate Reading on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss Reading Day Photo Album

DALLAS, TEXAS (March 2, 2019) – Hundreds of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas volunteers will read to children across North Texas, celebrating early literacy.  Presented by EY, United Way’s Reading Day effort will share books in nearly 500 local school classrooms on Friday, March 1st, commemorating the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  Volunteers from EY, Texas Instruments and other community partners will encourage more than 9,000 preschool and school-aged scholars toward a lifelong love of reading and learning.

“Education is the first step in crossing the opportunity divide,” said Michelle Vopni, Dallas Office Managing Partner, EY.  “We’re proud to partner with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in inspiring young students toward a love of reading, helping to solidify the foundation for them to reach their full potential in school and in life.”

At United Way’s Dr. Seuss Day media site, Dallas ISD’s Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School, volunteers and educators will proudly wear red and white stovepipe hats while reading and hosting friendly, Dr. Seuss-themed activities.  Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement as it develops vocabulary, sparks imaginations and deepens children’s understanding of the world.

Eighteen school campuses across North Texas, including Uplift Education sites and schools in Dallas ISD, Plano ISD, Richardson ISD and Irving ISD will host United Way volunteers.  As part of the education initiative, United Way will donate more than 1,000 books to local school libraries.

“By engaging students in beloved books like Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, we can help inspire a lasting love of reading and learning in our community,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  “We at United Way know that giving kids the skills to succeed in school—like reading at grade level—sets them up for lifelong success.  With the help of committed volunteers, we’re strengthening education, income and health- the building blocks of opportunity that every community needs to thrive.”

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About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas:  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based nonprofit organization that believes in the power of unity to create lasting change.  For over 90 years, we’ve brought people and resources together to strengthen education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity.  Together, we work to achieve long-term results that help our community thrive.  We encourage every North Texan to be part of the change.  To give, volunteer, advocate or learn more, visit www.UnitedWayDallas.org. 

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