Every year on June 21, United Way invites all Americans to LIVE UNITED and take action in their communities. Here in Tennessee, United Ways and community partners will be pulling together a Raise Your Hand Tennessee Day of Action at locations across the state. The goal? To recruit volunteers who will “raise their hand” to read to, tutor and mentor kids. Events will vary by community but will focus on story times with children and volunteer sign-up. Many locations will also have crafts, food, music, and book and school supply drives. Prominent celebrities or dignitaries will even be attending some of the events. For information on the June 21st festivities across the state, please link to: http://www.uwtn.org/RaiseYourHandTN/DayofActionJune21.aspx or www.raiseyourhandtn.org.
In Montgomery County, Mayor Carolyn Bowers will host a childrens’ story-time at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children for this special event and learn how you can volunteer to tutor, read and mentor to children.
Houston & Stewart County Public Libraries are also GOING WILD about reading and volunteering! A “tween” wildlife program featuring Bob Tarter, a presenter with the National History Education Company of the MidSouth, will take place on the Day of Action. This event will not only encourage adults to volunteer, but also tweens as well. Make plans to attend these events at 10am at the Stewart County Public Library and 2pm at the Houston County Public Library.