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United Way Introduces Raising Readers Program


March 21, 2019

United Way of Blair County and program sponsor, McQuaide Blasko Attorneys-at-Law want all kids in Blair County to enter school with the skills they need to experience success as they progress through graduation and beyond.

This is why they are introducing the Raising Readers program, a book drive and distribution of books to low-income families throughout the County.

The book drive runs from Monday, March 25 through Saturday, April 6. New and like new books for children 0 to 5 years old are being collected at the following locations: Altoona Area Public Library; ARC Federal Credit Union (both locations); Bellwood-Antis Public Library; Blair Regional YMCA; Claysburg Area Public Library; CNB Bank; CORE Physical Therapy; Domino’s Pizza, Tyrone; Garver Memorial YMCA; Greenbean Coffee House; Hollidaysburg Area Public Library; Kelly Wike, State Farm Insurance; Martinsburg Community Library; McQuaide Blasko Attorneys at Law; Northern Blair County Recreation Center; Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Blair Center; Powerhouse Subs; Roaring Spring Community Library; The Arc of Blair County; The Clay Cup; Tyrone-Snyder Public Library; and United Way of Blair County.

United Way of Blair County will work with local early childhood education centers, schools, grant recipient programs and other community partners who have direct interaction with 0-5 year-olds to distribute the books. Children will receive a free book to take home and read with their parents or caregivers. Follow-up with the caregivers will be completed during subsequent interactions when the child receives another book.

Raising Readers is available to all children in Blair County.

For more information about the program, contact United Way of Blair County at (814) 317-5108 or visit


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