The last several months have been busy at United Way of the Plains as we prepared to give Wichita Public School’s students reading material for summer break. We were able to do this with help from many organizations, volunteers and donors. This initiative is critical. A large number of students cannot read at a third-grade reading level.
This all started last year when a partnership was formed between Wichita State University Men’s Basketball, Coaching for Literacy, International Paper and ourselves. We collaborated to find a way to combat illiteracy in the Wichita community.
The goal: get more reading materials available to students in kindergarten through third grade. These books aren’t just for school, but for these kids to keep.