Reading Day | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

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Reading Day


Join us this March and inspire thousands of North Texas children with a love of reading! Education opens doors, broadens horizons and sets kids up for success. And reading is the gateway to education. When kids have the skills they need to succeed in school—like reading at grade level—it empowers them to reach their full potential.

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Be a Reading Day Volunteer

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From local book drives to sharing stories with North Texas students, there are lots of ways to inspire the next generation of readers!

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Build Your Own Reading Day Bookmark

Share your love of reading by creating your own customized bookmark to gift to a lucky student. As a bonus, each bookmark includes an invitation to sign up for a free subscription to Vooks animated storybooks. Simply choose your favorite design below, then make it your own with a custom message about why you love to read.

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Get or Share a Free Vooks Subscription

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In partnership with Atmos Energy and Vooks, we’re providing nearly 80,000 North Texas children ages 3-6 and early education teachers with a free 1-year subscription to Vooks animated storybooks. All you have to do is register. Sign up today—or share with friends and help us spread the word!

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Did You Know?

Kids who enter school ready to learn are more likely to read proficiently by 3rd grade. And students that read on grade level by third grade are 5x more likely to graduate ready for success in college or career.

Challenge 50%

of North Texas third grade students do not read proficiently.

Aspire United 2030 Goal 2x

Increase by 50% the number of students reading on grade level by third grade.

A strong start to education puts each of us on the path to a good job that enables us to support a family and leads to a long, healthy life. By improving education today, we can impact our community’s income and health for years to come.

Once Upon a Month

Together, we’re strengthening education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity—and setting our North Texas children up for successful futures. Join us.

Through our Once Upon a Month program, a $36 gift can provide a child with one book a month for a whole year.

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Creating Opportunity for All North Texans

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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas creates, leads and invests in a range of education programs that give kids a strong start, quality out-of-school time and strong pathways through high school to college and career. Together, we can set North Texas children up to achieve now and in the future. Learn more about our education initiatives and opportunities to get involved.

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