Day of Action Book Drive 2017

Day of Action 2017 Book Drive

Did you know? Middle-income neighborhoods have 13 books for every 1 child, but low-income neighborhoods have 1 book for every 300 children. This is a fact that many of you are probably familiar with. But here are some other facts that may be a little harder to swallow…


– Students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of reading

– 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. (Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.)

– 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.

– As of 2011, America was the only free-market OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) country where the current generation was less educated than the previous one.

– Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.

– The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores; however, students read less for fun as they get older.**


The really scary thing is that there are children in our community who don’t have a single book in their home. Only 1 out of 300 low-income children have a bedtime story to read with their parents. Only 1 out of 300 low-income children have a way to escape into a world of adventure. Only 1 out of 300 low-income children will have a book to read over the summer to keep their reading skills not only fun…. but ensure they don’t lose them.

Right now you may be asking “What can I do?” You can help by donating or hosting a book drive. Through United Way’s community-wide volunteer event, Day of Action, we can help get your gently-used books to children in need. By providing low-income students access to books, United Way hopes to encourage reading and enhance literacy over the summer months. Studies have found that students can lose up to 1/4 of their reading proficiency while on break. With your help, we can prevent the summer slide!


Host a Day of Action Book Drive
Collect new & gently-used children’s books (Grades K-12)  

WHEN: May 30 – June 2

WHERE: Heart of Florida United Way
1940 Traylor Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804   

If you have questions, want to volunteer or host a book drive, contact the Volunteer Center at, (407) 849-2372


**- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000 – U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, from – Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family – Gutloff, Karen. 1999, January. “Reading Research Ready to Go.” NEA Today. Washington, DC: National Education Association – U.S. Department of Education. 1999. The Condition of Education 1998 – Poll commissioned for the National Education Association by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, February 2001 – U.S. Department of Education. 1996. Reading Literacy in the United States: Findings From the IEA Reading Literacy Study- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999, March. The Executive Summary of the 1998 National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Report Card for the Nation, NCES 1999-50, Washington, DC-