Thursday, August 2, 2012

United Way book drive a success

Woman with boxes full of books
Lisa Fronsman
from the Lake County
Family Resource Center
A children’s book drive in Lake and Mendocino counties, spearheaded by United Way of the Wine Country and supported by local sponsors and drop-off location hosts, exceeded expectations and collected more than 850 books.

According to a press release, FIRST 5 Mendocino County and Lake Family Resource Center will distribute the books to local children who participate in their early reading programs during the summer.

This generosity is especially valuable in light of the statistics quoted in the press release from United Way of the Wine Country. According to the press release, 65 percent of third graders living in Lake County are reading below proficiency levels, which increases to 73 percent of third graders in Mendocino County.

The press release states that reading is one of the most important skills a child learns and is an indicator of future success. “Low-income students who do not have access to books at home during the summer will lose the equivalent of two months of reading instruction compared to their middle and upper-income peers.”

The press release credits sponsors MendoLake Credit Union, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, JDSU and Exchange Bank. It notes that book drop-off locations included the sponsors as well as Umpqua Bank in Kelseyville and Lakeport, Redwood Health Club in Ukiah, Redwood Credit Union in Point Arena and the United Way office in Ukiah.

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