MORE BOOKS, BETTER READERS

Ava's Story

“Stop the car!”

Ava’s mom almost drove past the United Way tent where volunteers were handing out free books.

Reading hasn’t always been a favorite for 8-year-old Ava, but you would never know that now.

Throughout the summer, United Way is teaming up alongside CT Food Bank to battle two pressing issues: hunger and learning loss.

United Way believes all students should have the opportunity to succeed in school and be ready for college and career.

Handing out reading material for all ages helps conquer the “summer slide”—where students lose achievement gains made during the school year.

Ava couldn’t wait to get her hands on some new mystery and thriller books.

Not too long ago her mother received a call from her teacher.

Ava’s reading level was not what it should be for a third-grader. Her teacher suggested she read more. Instead of getting discouraged, Ava went to the library.

She checked out books from school, and would stop at little free libraries around town, where the motto is “Take a book, leave a book.”

She would even read to her younger brother to get practice.

United Way couldn’t be more proud to give bookworms like Ava something to get excited about.
Reading is fun! And this is just one way United Way is working toward the community goal of all children succeeding in school.

United Way believes all students should have the opportunity to succeed in school and be ready for college and career.