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Local "celebs" to read to children as part of Raise Your Hand initiative

Friday, June 15, 2012

United Way of Bedford County is partnering with Argie Cooper Public Library and the Bedford County Department of Education for a Day of Action for the Raise Your Hand Tennessee initiative on Thursday, June 21.

The goal? To generate volunteers who will "raise their hand" to read to, tutor, and mentor children and youth.

Some prominent citizens and "celebrities" have already donated their time for the June 21 event.

State Sen. Jim Tracy, State Rep. Pat Marsh, Bedford County School Supt. Dr. Ray Butrum, County Mayor Eugene Ray are just a few of the volunteers that have signed up to read to youth on this Day of Action.

Even fast-food restauranteur Wendy will be on hand to share stories with the children.

"The purpose of the day is to emphasize the importance of reading and education," said United Way of Bedford County Executive Director Dawn Holley. "We will also be signing up volunteer readers for Raise Your Hand Tennessee."

Volunteers for this initiative will be placed throughout the school year by the Department of Education to read to kids -- or be read to by children who might not have anyone to read to at home.

United Way of Bedford County's goal is to have every third grade child reading at grade level by 2015.

Children who attend the June 21 event at the library will get to enjoy eight story times -- one every 15 minutes from 9-10 a.m. and 10:15-11:15 a.m.

For more information on the Raise Your Hand Tennessee initiative, visit http://www.raiseyourhandtn.org.