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Yolo kids get hundreds of books through United Way drive

By From page B3 | April 30, 2014

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Cynthia Anaya of the Davis Bridge Foundation picks up books raised from United Way’s STAR Readers Book Drive for Yolo County kids. Courtesy photo

Children who participate in programs through the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and the Davis Bridge Foundation will get to read 514 new books, thanks to the third annual STAR Readers Book Drive.

They are two of eight nonprofit partners in the United Way California Capital Region’s STAR Readers project, which aims to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills. The drive collected a total of 1,427 books for 650 children throughout the region.

“This is what happens when people come together and form a movement,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, president and CEO of the United Way California Capital Region. “We know that when kids are reading at grade level by fourth grade, they are far more likely to graduate from high school.

“This community came together to make sure the 650 kids in our program could feel special by having their own books, making them even more excited to practice reading and stay in school.”

The online book drive gave donors the chance to choose from four age-appropriate books for 650 children in kindergarten through third grade.

For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.

Enterprise staff

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