United WE READ was set to offer our 4th annual Camp Read to Lead this summer (see 2019’s summary here)! With a generous grant from the Ballad Health Foundation, we were excited to continue offering this successful program to 1st and 2nd grade students. But then, the COVID-19 Pandemic swept the globe, life changed, and we knew we needed to pivot the experience.
Thanks to the help of our wonderful United WE READ summer teachers and the strategic guidance of our leadership team, we successfully transformed our operation to safely offer a 4-week book distribution and online read-aloud experience. Over 1,000 books were given to Greater Kingsport students and families through school feeding sites and at a local apartment complex. Our United WE READ teachers also took turns reading aloud to students via interactive Zoom calls and YouTube live videos.
Re-watch our 4-week YouTube series below! Thank you to our United WE READ teachers for making this summer successful!