Your United Way does more than just raise funds for the worthy organizations working hard for Hill County residents, we also strive to have a lasting impact on the people and the community.
We recognize children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first three years of life, when their brains grow to 90% of their eventual adult weight. Just as a child develops language skills before learning to speak, the child also develops literacy skills long before being able to read. With this community impact project in education, the board supports the efforts in the community to get books in the hands of children in preparation for school success.
Imagination Library. UWHC has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library so all preschool children in Hill County are eligible to enroll in the program. Each month, from birth until the child's 5th birthday, an age appropriate book is sent to the child for $29 per child per year. UWHC donations are used to provide free subscriptions to all newborns.
Mission Possible is a cross-age buddy reader program developed by UWHC and the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line. Team leaders of middle school and intermediate school age children provide read-aloud activities with kindergarten and first grade students.
Child Find Baby Day. During Baby Day Screening, free board books provided by Story Makers of Bozeman are presented to children two years and younger.
Child Find Kinder Print. In collaboration with Havre Public Schools, UWHC provides finger print kits for all incoming kindergarten students during their spring registration event. The kit includes a DNA hair sample and dental record in addition to the fingerprints. Each child also receives a book and monthly activity pamphlet.
Workshops are available upon request for parents, child care providers, teachers and organizations. Contact UWHC or the Havre-Hill County Library at 406.265.2123.
Dr. Seuss Kindergarten and First Grade Reading Celebration
Basket of Books for Child Care Providers
Book Racks for Families built by Youth Build participants