Sharing with children: United Way needs volunteers for Reader Roundup

Nyana Hill participates in the 2010 Reader Roundup as she reads to Katelynn Stockton last February at Walland Elementary School. This year’s event is the week of Feb. 14.

Nyana Hill participates in the 2010 Reader Roundup as she reads to Katelynn Stockton last February at Walland Elementary School. This year’s event is the week of Feb. 14.

United Way of Blount County is seeking volunteers to take part in the 2nd annual Live United Reader Roundup. Reader Roundup will take place the week of Feb. 14, with readers needed for Monday, Feb. 14, through Friday, Feb. 18, at area schools.

A collaboration of Blount County Head Start centers, Alcoa City Schools, Blount County Schools, Maryville City Schools, and United Way of Blount County, Reader Roundup places volunteer readers in the classroom in an effort to promote literacy in the schools.

The volunteer time commitment for Reader Roundup can be as little as thirty minutes, or volunteers may commit to reading throughout the whole week.

Developed by United Way of Blount County’s Year of Caring committee, Reader Roundup focuses on preschool and elementary school age children. However, individuals interested in reading with older children are encouraged to inquire with their school system of choice.

Readers may bring their own age-appropriate and teacher-approved book, or a book can be selected for the volunteer, depending on the location the volunteer chooses.

To sign up for the Live United Reader Roundup or for more information, visit liveunitedblount.org/readerroundup or call 865-982-2251.

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