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Literacy Kits

Make Reading Fun!

United Way knows that by making reading fun, we can encourage more children to read, improve early grade reading and create long term school success rates.  That is why United Way of Portage County developed Literacy Kits.  United Way Literacy Kits contain a fun children's story book paired with an interactive activities.  United Way volunteers help to design and build the kits which are then distributed to children at local schools and early learning centers.

The Little Red Hen
Colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page—but they aren’t jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat!  Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny folktale.  

United Way of Portage County offers special thanks to Barb Boltz for choosing the theme and creating the template for the kit.  Big thanks also go to Kent State University students and staff who gave their time to assembling over 1,000 kits that were distributed in 2018 and who continue to give their time in 2019! 


The Book

Literacy Kit Instructions 


Previous Kits

"There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"

"Goodnight Moon"

"Is Your Mama a Llama?"


Press Releases

Goodnight Moon

Is Your Mama a Llama

The Very Hungry Caterpillar