Read Across Woo: A Virtual Reading Event

Wooster, Ohio (May 17, 2020) – United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties (UWWH) is excited to announce a fun new reading program, Read Across Woo, which was developed in partnership with Wooster City Schools, Wayne County Public Library and the Wooster City Police Department.  Read Across Woo will start May 18th and run through the end of the summer.

“It’s like a reading scavenger hunt,” said Katie Koglman, the Executive Director of UWWH. “This program gives kids a chance to get out and about with their family, making literacy the focus.” How will it work? Kids and their families are encouraged to follow a map to different sites in the city where they will find flyers with QR codes to scan and in turn hear stories from local celebrity readers. “We are incentivizing families to play along with a chance to win after visiting five locations,” added Koglman. “All kids have to do is use the hashtag #ReadAcrossWoo and post their photo on Instagram for their chance at a drawing. We think it will bring a lot of excitement to the community.”

“The Wooster City School District wants to continue to build a culture of literacy within our schools and community,” said Karen Arbogast, the Director of Elementary Education at Wooster City Schools. “While Reading Under the Lights will not be taking place this year, Read Across Woo will provide an opportunity for our students and families to engage in books and read alouds by local readers from across our city,” she added.  “We are excited to partner with United Way, Wayne County Public Library, The Wooster City Police Department to make this happen!”

Locations will be constantly added and changed on the map which can be found here.  Some of the celebrity readers will include teachers, administrative staff, police officers and the Fire Chief.  This event is aimed at families with children in grades Pre K-6th.