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Imagine What Books Can Do

United Way and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library are ready to make sure that every preschool child in Shawnee County can have books of their very own. Generous community donations have provided the initial $250,000 investment to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the area. The program is free to participants, but relies on… Read More »

Junior Leader Readers Celebrate 30,000-Book Milestone

Sheriff Jones, Lowman Hill Students Help United Way Young Leaders Celebrate 30,000-Book Milestone  On March 1, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) celebrated the distribution of its 30,000th book through the 7-year-old initiative that gives books to kindergartners from lower income schools. Kindergarten students from Lowman Hill Elementary joined Shawnee County Sheriff and noted storytime expert… Read More »

You Rocked it Again!

In addition to 1,100 pounds collected on site, Double Diamond Sponsor Prairie Band Casino and Resort collected food for the entire month of December. We just got this email from Harvesters: I wanted to give you the final results for the Prairie Band Casino Donation and United Rocks grand total!  Yesterday the driver picked up… Read More »

Kids who can read can succeed — Why United Way is part of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

There is strong evidence that increasing the general knowledge and vocabulary of a child before age 6 is is a key determinant of success later in life. This is why United Way of Greater Topeka invests in early education for children age zero to five. We are also part of the nationwide Campaign for Grade-Level Reading which focuses on grade-level reading by the end of third… Read More »