Annual Read Across America Celebration

Fostering a Love for Reading and Celebrating a Community of Diverse Readers

Support childhood literacy by donating books or making a financial contribution to UWSD.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,

45% of San Diego County’s 3rd graders were not reading at grade level

— and that was before school closures and virtual learning exacerbated inequitable access to high-quality learning opportunities.

On average, students could lose five to nine months of learning by the end of June 2021, while

students of color could be six to 12 months behind.

While studies show that enhancing kids’ access to books at home has a significant impact on their long term learning, many students in our community do not have high quality, age-appropriate books in their home libraries. United Way of San Diego County wants to change that!

Will you join us in our annual Read Across America celebration by donating a book(s) or making a financial contribution to UWSD’s year-round literacy efforts?

Give Books

Purchase books to donate through our virtual book drive from February 15th through March 12th in partnership with Warwick’s bookstore.

Our goal is to collect 1,500 books for students in our community!

Donate Book(s)

* When purchasing a book on Warwick’s website, please make sure to check the box with “I would like to pick this order up at the store” when selecting a Pick-Up Option. Warwick’s will automatically ensure that your donation is added to the Read Across America book donations.

Give Money

Donate to UWSD’s year-round efforts to improve early-grade literacy in our community.

Donate to UWSD

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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