The pandemic has altered the way people go about their daily lives and special events.
The United Way of Madison County‘s annual “Jumpstart Read for the Record” is no different.
In past years, volunteers would visit classrooms around the area and read the same book on the same day.
This year, they will still read the same book on Thursday, but – with the aid of Facebook and Zoom – it will be a virtual reading.
“The key focus,” said the agency’s Community Impact Director Cathy Miller, “will be to reach every child in public school ages 3-8 years. To do so, we’ve enlisted the help of superintendents in Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County systems. They will be encouraging every PreK-2nd grade class in their school to be open to receiving a free copy of the book, ‘Evelyn Del Ray is Moving Away’ from United Way so teachers can read for the record on Oct. 29 with their class.
Miller said the volunteer readers are posting messages on social media to let the community know how this year’s event will work.
Key support from the Junior League of Huntsville, Hexagon and a team of 10 volunteers is bringing the event to life. The story is also read at the Huntsville/Madison County Library in its preschool story times.
“During such unprecedented times when our community needs our nonprofit community and its services more than ever, events such as Jumpstart can put our arms around our teachers and our community,” said Clay Vandiver, President and CEO of United Way. “It can draw attention to vital issues and the role of United Way in bringing vital resources and supporting key nonprofits.
“This one-day event is an extension of our year-round work.”