ELC Literacy Kits

From kindergarten through third grade, kids are learning to read. But after third grade, they must read to learn. And when they fall behind, it’s nearly impossible to catch up. Research shows that kids who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school later on than their peers. Unfortunately, many students in San Antonio are already on this path.

Literacy kits can make a difference. The kits are a great way to get kids engaged in a particular book. Each kit includes a book selected for a certain age level along with related activities custom- crafted for one-on-one interaction between a child and an adult reader: volunteer, parent or caregiver.

The kits are designed to focus on the skills young children need when learning to read while, at the same time, diving deeper into the book and its themes.

GOAL: Provide 300+ Literacy Kits to Head Start, pre-K and Kindergarten students at targeted schools in the United Way Family School Community Partnership program.


1. VOLUNTEER Please join the Emerging Leaders Council on Saturday, February 17th as we come together to build 300+ Literacy Kits at Passmore Elementary. A special thanks to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation for their support of this project! Register to volunteer HERE.

2. DONATE If you are unable to join us, you can donate to this project. For the low cost of $5 per kit, you will make a difference in the lives of the one in five kids who can’t read proficiently by the end of third grade—kids who are four times more likely to drop out of school. Your contribution will support a critical cause: improving literacy in our community. All proceeds will support United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Emerging Leaders Council Literacy Kit program. Donate HERE

3. COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Host a literacy kit event at your company! To hold a volunteer event, the company selects a team leader, and the date and location. The cost is $5 per kit, including the cost of the book. On average, volunteers can make two kits an hour. The company sets up tables and chairs before the event. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County delivers all the materials, instructions and supplies in advance and attends the event to educate volunteers about literacy issues in our community.

Please contact Avery Gard, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Vice President of Emerging Leaders Council and Special Events at alawton-gard@unitedwaysatx.org or 210.352.7135 for more information.