United Way, Big Red Bookshelf Host Event At Carrousel

  • 2/18/2019 1:54:13 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

MANSFIELD - The United Way of Richland County brought its "Big Red Bookshelf" initiative to the Carrousel Monday morning for a kids' literacy event. 

Student-athletes from Madison Comprehensive High School and Mansfield Senior High School volunteered to spend time with children and read to them. The event ran from 11 am to 1 pm and children in attendance were treated to Carrousel rides, pizza from Two Cousins, fruit and water, a drawstring bag, and a book, all for free. The event was sponsored by Richland Bank.

According to organizers, the main focus of the day was to get young children around student-athlete role models and get them engaged and focusing on literacy. 

"The athletes get involved with it to provide and be a role model to the kids," said Eric Stigall from the United Way of Richland County. "These athletes are folks that these kids can look up to. We've asked them to share a little bit with the kids how reading has impacted their lives in a meaningful way."

Another purpose for the event was to inform Richland County residents about the Big Red Bookshelf project, which collects and distributes hundreds of books to children in the area. These new or gently used books are left on big red shelves in locations heavily trafficked by families with young kids. Volunteers build the red shelves themselves in the hopes of helping children in Richland County form a love of reading.

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