Get On Your Way to Read Across America Day!

02/07/2019, By Valley of the Sun United Way

Join Valley of the Sun United Way for an Operation Uplift activity celebrating Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, for a whole week from February 25 to March 1. Start a reading event of your own at a local school or program!

To Coordinate Your Own Reading Event:

  • Contact the school or program and ask about:
    • The volunteer policy
    • Time that works for everyone
    • Your contact person for the day
    • Class size if you will be bringing books, bookmarks, pencils, etc. to offer the students (plan for a few extra just in case!)
    • Permission to take photos
  • Call and confirm 48 hours in advance.

Other Ways To Support Read Across America:

  • Sponsor a classroom to provide books for students and a volunteer opportunity for employees. Contact for more information.
  • Make bookmarks with some Pinterest inspiration or an idea of your own.
  • Do a book drive for a school or program, calling them to coordinate:
    • Age range of the books needed
    • Drop off time for books, bookmarks, etc.
  • Donate gently used children books to local schools, family community centers, out of school time programs, and shelters.
  • Make a commitment to read as a family for 20 minutes a day. 

Share Your Story!

No matter how you choose to celebrate reading, share with your story on social media by tagging @myvusw and using #unitephx and contact us at with the following information:

    • Name of the school/program
    • Number of classrooms/programs you read in or benefited
    • How many kids were impacted
    • Summary of your experience

Put on your Dr.Seuss hat and have fun reading!

“It is not about what it is, it is about what it can become” - Dr. Seuss


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