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United Way Reading Day

March 1, 2024

Join us on March 1 for Reading Day presented by Texas Instruments—one of our most exciting, meaningful and impactful events of the year!

Reading Day presented by Texas Instruments is a unique opportunity to inspire thousands of North Texas children with a love of reading—which is the gateway to education. This year, volunteers will distribute free books and read to thousands of preschool and elementary-aged scholars at campuses across North Texas, sharing the joy of reading through incredible books that inspire kids to dream big.

Kicking Off United Way’s Centennial Celebration

In 2024, Reading Day presented by Texas Instruments will be bigger, more exciting and more impactful than ever, because it’s the official kick-off of our year-long Centennial Celebration. This is our opportunity to celebrate with the community our first century of service to North Texas—and to walk hand-in-hand with supporters like you to achieve our Aspire United 2030 community impact goals so that all North Texans have opportunities to thrive.

Honorary Reading Day Chair

Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States

We are honored to welcome Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States, as this year’s Reading Day chair. A former librarian and teacher, Mrs. Bush is a vocal advocate for early reading initiatives. This year, two of our Reading Day book selections are from Mrs. Bush’s 2023 Summer Reading List for Kids.

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Volunteer for Reading Day

Volunteer for Reading Day on March 1, and help spark a love of reading that could last a lifetime. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.

Donate Books for Reading Day

Looking for another way to support Reading Day? This year, we’re handing out free books to participating children to inspire early reading. Supporters are invited to purchase books to donate from our Amazon Wish List. Click below to get started.

Did You Know?

Education opens doors, broadens horizons and sets kids up for success. When kids have the skills they need to succeed in school—like reading at grade level—it empowers them to thrive at every stage.
Kids who enter school ready to learn are more likely to read proficiently by 3rd grade.
Students who read on grade level by third grade are 5x more likely to graduate ready for success in college or career.
College graduates can earn $36,000 more a year, enabling them to save for the future.
Financially stable adults can access quality health care for themselves and their families.

Invest in Local Children

Together, we’re strengthening education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity—and setting North Texas students 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

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.