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Literacy Kits

Make Reading Fun!

United Way of Portage County is proud once again to partner with Kent State University in providing  324 Portage County Head Start students our current literacy kit which is based on the book “Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?.  These kits include a children’s storybook paired with a hands-on activity created to improve early grade reading, encourage the love of reading and generate long term school success.  This is the fifth consecutive year United Way has provided literacy kits to Portage County Head Start students with the goal of stimulating interest in reading and improve early grade reading outcomes. 

United Way of Portage County offers warm thanks to Barb Boltz, Project Director of Student Affairs at Kent State, and all the Kent State University staff and student volunteers who have been donating their time during the fall of 2019, putting the Literacy Kits together.  


The Literacy Kit program encourages early grade reading by making the experience fun.  United Way has secured support from the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, the Kent Rotary Foundation and the Ravenna Kiwanis Club to make these literacy kits available to Head Start students and also the spring kits that will be available to the Kindergarten classrooms that are currently engaged with the Reading Role Models program.


































"Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear"

Character Template #1

Character Template #2

Literacy Kit Instructions