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Summer literacy program rewards Eugene-Springfield children with free books
Norene Walters and her six children are regular attendees of United Way of Lane County’s “Summer Reading Spots” program at Petersen Park. Walters and her family live nearby, so they often walk to the park and read under the shade of a tree.
“We get to be outside, we get to read, and it’s a way that we can all spend time together,” Walters said Tuesday. “Every time the kids come they get a little sticker next to their name, and when they get five, they get a prize, so there’s incentive and they get to enjoy reading.”
She says she will continue to come back with her six girls — Sarah, Camilla, Rachel, Alyssa, Morgan and newborn Etta — as long as the reading program is around.
Now in its fourth year, the program has parents like Walters heading to parks with kids in tow to sit in the grass, listen to a volunteer reader and take home a new book each day that they participate. The program started in late June and runs through Aug. 15, with readings each Monday through Thursday at three locations in Springfield and Tuesday through Thursday at Petersen Park in west Eugene.
United Way Leadership Reception
This is our signature event to recognize our Leadership Giving Circle donors, corporate partners, Alexis de Toucqueville Society members as well as our campaign volunteers. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of United Way's highest honor, the Alton F. Baker Award
Tuesday, March 4
4:30 to 5:30pm
Hilton Eugene & Conference Center
66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene
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