Volunteering on April Vacation

Childhood literacy.

There are many reasons to celebrate April’s arrival — winter loosening its icy grip, the trees and grass beginning to show signs of life, and the crispness of spring floating effortlessly through the air. Children across the Ocean State enjoy the warm weather and sunny days, but the main reason they look forward to this month with such anticipation: April Vacation.

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During this week-long break from school, many families take trips, plan picnics, and relax at home — but this year twenty-three Rhode Island families decided to give back by helping promote childhood literacy.

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Over two days, April 19 and 20, United Way of Rhode Island hosted fifty-three volunteers as they made literacy kits for local children.

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To encourage family reading, volunteers made puppets and games based on the books they brought to donate.

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Along with the families, corporate volunteers from BankNewport, Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, and Hasbro also helped to ensure Rhode Island children develop a love for reading.

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We captured a lot of great photos of our volunteers in action, click here to see the rest of the pictures. Hopefully they inspire you to volunteer for our Sixth Annual Children’s Book Drive, taking place now through June 2.


By: Jason Boulay, Communication Coordinator, UWRI