United Way
United Way
of DeKalb County
Issue: 21
June 2016
Impact DeKalb Newsletter
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July 16th - Eckhart Public Library - Summer Reading Program Carnival - UW Booth

 July 23rd - Tri-Kappa's Kids Tri-athlon - Outdoor Theater - 8:30 AM

July 27th - Auburn First United Methodist's Party in the Parking Lot - UW booth

August 28th - Campaign Kickoff event - Kent Family Circus - Outdoor Theater - 1:00 - 3:00 PM
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Day of Caring 2016: COMPLETE
Nucor Fastener Division at one of their project sites in Auburn. 


FXI at Christian Assembly of God in Butler.
Special thanks to Nucor Fastener Division and FXI who both participated in Day of Caring for the first time in 2016! 

Over 500 volunteers came together to complete 50 projects throughout DeKalb County! Projects ranged from light yard work and washing windows to building ramps and installing a garage door. For the full story, please visit: 
 
Volunteer Spotlight: Day of Caring Committee Member - Peggy Tarlton

    
Peggy first got involved with the United Way when Doug Morrow asked her to be the campaign chair for Garrett. Fifteen years later she is still giving back to this community by devoting her time and talent through the United Way! 

Our Day of Caring event holds a special place in her heart. "My great nephew, who has spina bifida was able to get a ramp installed at his house by a group of volunteers during Day of Caring. It meant so much to him and myself." The best part of volunteering for Peggy is seeing the faces of the individuals who receive help express everything they can't put into words because they are speechlessly grateful.

To Peggy, volunteering is more than just giving her time, "The people I have come to know have become like family to me! United Way reaches so many people in the county and all of the agencies are so very important to people in this community who need help." She encourages anyone looking to get involved to, "Just do it! The reward is overwhelming!"
Kindergarten Countdown Camp 2016
 
Kindergarten Countdown Camp focuses on developing skills in literacy and social-emotional adjustment for children preparing to enter kindergarten. It is a high impact initiative targeted at increasing school readiness. Students who may be at risk of falling behind when they enter kindergarten are given the boost they need to hit the ground running when they start school in August! 

In 2015, the four week intensive program was offered to 60 students across all three school districts in DeKalb County. This year, the program expanded to accommodate 40 students in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler School District as well as 40 students in the DeKalb Central School District.

Thanks to the help of generous donors at the Power of the Purse event, children were able to receive a book each day they attended this year (20 books total!), bookcases for their new home library, backpacks filled with school supplies, and 80 hours of instruction with a certified teacher.

Our Kindergarten Camps will conclude with a ceremony for the children and parents this Friday, July 1st!

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