Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Help the United Way help prepare kids for kindergarten!

From Alignment Nashville:

Alignment Nashville's Pre-K Committee recommends six Essential Literature books for kids entering kindergarten.

"The Napping House" by Audrey Wood
"No, David!" by David Shannon
"Ten Black Dots" by Donald Crews
"Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown
"Jamberry" by Bruce Degen
"Have You Seen My Cat" by Eric Carle

Alignment Nashville's Pre-K Committee has set a goal to have all pre-school children read the Essential Literature books.

As their first teacher, parents and caregivers play a crucial role in preparing children for kindergarten; 50% of Tennessee's children arecared for by family, friends and neighbors, rather than in a formal pre-K classroom. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville is working to bring education tools to these important first teachers.

Join us as we collect and sort books for children served through United Way's Parent and Caregiver Education programs!

Donate books, money to purchase books, and/or conduct a book drive by Wednesday, April 22. Let us know your plans to participate by emailing Bring books to United Way's office at 250 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228.

A. Make a donation online at, we can maximize your gift through our retail partnerships.
B. Purchase a book(s) online from the wish list by visiting
Books will be shipped directly to United Way's office!
C. Shop for books at a local retailer and then deliver them to United Way's office.
D. Volunteer for the book sort-a-thon! RSVP online by Tuesday, April 21 at (Book buying is NOT necessary to volunteer)
Join our book sort-a-thon Thursday, April 23, 2009 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at United Way of Metropolitan Nashville 250 Venture Circle Nashville, TN 37228.

Questions? Contact Melanie Shinbaum at or 615.780.2408.

**This initiative supports the asset of Reading for Pleasure