Celebrity Read 2017 | United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Celebrity Read 2017

What is Celebrity Read?

Celebrity Read is a long-standing literacy initiative created by United Way of Essex and West Hudson in 1990, with a primary goal of recruiting volunteers to model their love for reading from pre-k to 4th grade elementary classrooms in its service area. In recognition of the program’s unique service to the community, it has been designated as a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 2001.

Did you know?

  • Students reading at and above grade level in 3rd grade, graduate from high school at higher rates than students below grade level.
  • Children who are read to for 30 minutes per week for a school year show significant gains in their reading score and in other subjects.
  • Across the nation, just under half of the children between birth and five years (47.8%) are read to every day by their parents or other family members.

What makes you a Celebrity Reader?

United Way believes that everyone can be a “celebrity” in the life of a child and by volunteering time between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Friday at one or more participating schools during the month of February, you can become a celebrity reader! If you are part of a company/organization, we welcome you to adopt a school by recruiting a minimum of 10 volunteers from your workplace to represent you at a school.  This year’s theme is “Reading Is Your Passport To Success”, and we encourage you to join us as we take our children on a journey during the month of February.

If you are interesting in joining us for Celebrity Read 2017, please click the link below and register to become a reader at one or more of our 30 participating schools. For more information about the program, please contact Machelle Lassiter, Manager of Agency Relations and Capacity Building at 973-854-2231 or email her at mlassiter@uwewh.org.

“Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted” –Garrison Keillor



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