Need to Read Community Project

The UPSTARTERS Need To Read Community Project is the latest from the United Way of Greater Waterbury youth leadership initiative. UPSTARTERS gives local youth exposure to the role they can play in addressing community needs, and empowers them to be active in the thinking, volunteering and resource-raising that creates positive impact.

To highlight the vital role that reading plays in education, understanding and positive development – the UPSTARTERS Need To Read Community Project requests youth, adults, business leaders, community organizations and United Way Emerging Leaders group get involved in fun reading activities!

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Activity 1:

RECORD YOURSELF READING A FAVORITE BOOK!

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Activity 2:

MAKE A DRAWING OF HOW READING MAKES YOU FEEL!

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  • Get some paper, pens, pencils or paint – and draw how reading makes you feel
  • Your drawing will be shown to youth, so that they are inspired to read, too
  • Take a photo of your drawing, and submit the picture below
  • Take 5 minutes, or spend 5 hours… it’s up to you!

Activity 3:

PROVIDE QUOTES AND PASSAGES FROM YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

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  • Spend a few minutes thinking about your favorite book
  • What did a character do or say that impacted you?
  • Write it in a Word document or in the Notes app on your phone!
  • Share the document or screenshot by uploading it below

Activity 4:

COMPLETE FILL-IN-THE-BLANK STORIES!

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Activity 5:

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING WRITING PROMPT, “READING IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE..."

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  • Did you know that reading has proven health benefits? Reading...
    • Strengthens your brain
    • Increases your ability to empathize
    • Builds your vocabulary
    • Reduces stress
    • Prepares you for a good night’s rest!
  • These are just a few! Take a few minutes and think about why reading is important to YOU.
  • Have you experienced any of these health benefits for yourself? Does reading bring you joy?
  • Write down your thoughts about why reading is important and submit your response to below.

 

Activity 6:

MAKE A TOP 10 FAVORITE BOOKS LIST TO SHARE WITH OTHERS!

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  • Did you know that people are 4 times more likely to buy something when referred by a friend?
  • Think about the Top 10 books you’d recommend to a friend - whether you read it recently or years ago.
  • You can even include a brief sentence on why you loved it so much!
  • Write down your suggestions and submit your response below

 

Activity 7:

SUBMIT A PICTURE OF THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING!

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  • Reading is FUN and should be shared with others!
  • Are you reading a new book that you just love and want to share?
  • Maybe you’re re-reading your favorite book for the 5th time because it’s just THAT good.
  • Whatever you’re reading right now - snap a picture and share with us below!

 

Activity 1: Record Yourself Examples

Choose An Activity & Upload Your Files Here!

Now that you've learned about the 7 activities, choose one of them to do. Once you've performed the activity, and have your file(s) ready to submit, complete this two-step form. You will fill out your contact information on this first screen, click the SUBMIT button, and go to a second screen where you can upload your file(s). We thank you so much!

Thank you for your contact information! Now, please upload your activity file(s):

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