UnitedHealthcare donated books and activity worksheets to 100 Las Vegas-area schools today to encourage early literacy and spur students to continue reading over the holiday break.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman joined community leaders, UnitedHealthcare employees and educators for a reading circle as new books were presented to J.T. McWilliams Elementary School.
Southwest Medical Associates (SMA) health clinics also received reading stations, children’s books and activity worksheets to help make visits to the doctor’s office a more enjoyable experience for children and their parents. Each reading station includes a kid-sized table and chairs, and copies of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation’s award-winning “Oliver & Hope” book series that delivers fun stories with engaging images, teaching subtle lessons about the power of friendship, resiliency and imagination. The worksheets, available in English and Spanish, include coloring pages and mazes, and provide children with fun educational activities.
The UHCCF books help raise money to support medical grants for children. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 10,000 grants valued at over $29 million to children and their families across the United States. Last year, UHCCF awarded medical grants worth an estimated $5.4 million to more than 2,000 children across the country. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees. UHCCF has created the award-winning Oliver & Hope series to raise funds for the foundation.
All three books of the “Oliver & Hope” series are available through uhccf.org/shop for $16.95 each. Proceeds from the books and plush toys from the series help fund the UHCCF grant program. More information about the “Oliver & Hope” books, including free audio recordings of the books as well as fun activities and downloads, can be found at Oliver & Hope’s Clubhouse at UHCCF.org.