Last year United Way of Lake County created a movement called “Page it Forward: Lake County’s Biggest Book Drive”. The summer-long book drive surpassed their goal of 100,000 books and collected a record-breaking 154,000 books. The goal for this summer’s Page it Forward 2.0 is to collect 200,000 books to be distributed to low-income children in Lake County.
Page it Forward 2.0 officially begins Thursday, June 21st with local community figures participating in a speed reading competition at Barnes & Noble in Vernon Hills at 10am. Public is welcome to attend the event as figures including George McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Haynes Johns of WXLC radio among others are judged to see who the best speed reader in Lake County. The event is free and there will be goody bags for children in attendance.
Throughout the summer, several community locations will accept donations, including First Midwest Bank locations, Starbucks locations, and local Farmers Markets and Park Districts. To find out where to donate books and how to volunteer visit the Page it Forward Website.
United Way of Lake County focuses on education and building stable families. United Way has identified programs to help children succeed: Success by 6 Program (kindergarten), Reading Success Program (read at grade level), Stay in School Program (graduate high school), and Safe and Stable Families Program (empowering families). The effect and benefit of overcoming reading and education barriers is multiplied by collaboration with the agencies and the community. For this to work, children must have access to books in their homes, so receiving even just a few donated books can have an impact on children’s lives.