United Way Joins Read Across the Globe Day to Promote Literacy AND Attempt to Break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is joining thousands worldwide to promote literacy during Read Across the Globe on Monday, October 19th. Presented by Points of Light Foundation, one of the goals of Read Across the Globe Day is to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the ‘most children reading with an adult in 24 hours.’

United Way will be hosting three reading events where board members and employees will volunteer to read to children in Dutchess and Orange Counties. 

United Way employees, including Melissa Clark, Emily Darrow, Rachel Johnson, Annette Sullivan, and Carolyn Zazzarino will read to 75 second graders at Clinton Elementary School in Poughkeepsie.

United Way Board Chair Barry Rothfeld, retired publisher of the Poughkeepsie Journal, and his wife Rita, will read to 15 students in the first to third grades at the Catharine Street Community Center in Poughkeepsie.

Steven E. Howell, partner at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP and United Way Immediate Past Board Chair, along with Diane Passaro, Vice President Commercial Lender at Orange County Trust Company, will read to 60 kindergarten to second grade students at the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh.

Points of Light Foundation’s Read Across the Globe Day will shine a light worldwide illiteracy. The initiative brings volunteers from all corners of the globe to take steps to close the literacy gap with knowledge and direct action. Reading events will be held in schools, community centers, and nonprofits worldwide, where volunteers will read to students from kindergarten through high school. For additional information, visit www.pointsoflight.org/readacrosstheglobe.

If you would like to join in this worldwide event, read to a child or children, take a photo, and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReadAcrosstheGlobe. To become a volunteer at future reading events, sign up at United Way’s volunteer portal at volunteer.uwdor.org. For additional information about United Way programs and initiatives, go to www.uwdor.org