Ensure kids have the books they need to succeed: support BookFest!

Third grade is a crucial time for students: when they begin to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Yet 53% of Lane County students aren’t reaching this benchmark, putting them at risk of faltering in later grades and not graduating from high school.

United Way and Connected Lane County have teamed up to create BookFest, a community-wide book drive and series of distribution events that allow K-2 students in Lane County schools to choose six books to take home for the summer. Books are distributed in eight schools where many of the kids are at risk for not meeting the third grade reading benchmark.

Help turn the page on reading proficiency for Lane County kids: participate in BookFest!

Ways to get involved:

  • Become a sponsor: by providing financial support, you can help purchase 50-250 books and provide programmatic support while showing the community your organization is committed to children’s success. Learn about sponsorship levels and benefits here.

  • Host a book drive: engage your networks throughout April in donating new and gently used books for K-2 students - a great community-building activity that benefits Lane County students!

  • Purchase books on our Amazon Wish List

  • Donate book funds:

    • Text BOOKFEST to 41444, or

    • Send cash or checks United Way of Lane County, 3171 Gateway Loop, Springfield, OR 97477.