United Way’s Young Leaders Society calls community to Be a Book Bunny and fill literary totes for students

Leapheart Elementary students receive Book Bunny literary totes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 18, 2019) – The United Way of the Midlands Young Leaders Society is calling for the community to gear up for the second year of Be a Book Bunny, a literary program sponsored by Gregory Electric Company, Inc. that promotes literacy by filling totes with books and school supplies for local kindergarten through second grade students.

“Supporting Be a Book Bunny allows us to provide new, age-appropriate books for underserved children in the Midlands to build libraries at home,” said Elizabeth Cardell, Young Leaders Society Be a Book Bunny Volunteer Co-Chair and PR Specialist for Chernoff Newman. “Our goal is to encourage healthy reading habits inside and outside of the classroom, which is especially important during summertime when students may experience learning loss.”

Book Bunny supporters are asked to fill reading totes provided by the Young Leaders Society with eight new, age-appropriate books and either a set of crayons, markers or colored pencils. There is no limit to how many totes a business, family or individual can provide. Supporters can pick up totes at United Way of the Midlands located at 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201. All Book Bunny totes are due back to United Way of the Midlands by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

Those interested in sponsoring students as a Book Bunny can sign up by visiting www.ylsmidlands.com/bookbunny.

Be a Book Bunny distributes literacy bags to over 500 students served by Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a United Way of the Midlands volunteer tutoring initiative to help children learn to read on grade level by third grade. Students receive 8 new, age-appropriate books, one set of markers, crayons or colored pencils, ruler and a new coloring book donated by the Office of State Treasurer Curtis Loftis.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit uway.org.

About Young Leaders Society
Young Leaders Society, an affinity group of United Way of the Midlands, is a passionate group of donors ages 21- 40 years old who work to ensure every person in our community has a safe place to call home, every child succeeds in school and everyone has access to quality health care. Donors of the Young Leaders Society enjoy exclusive professional development activities, social and networking events and volunteer opportunities to further United Way’s mission. For more information or to join, visit ylsmidlands.com.

About United Way
United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit uway.org.

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