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United Way Ready to Read

by Meg Bonacorsi

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- The United Way of Marathon County is working to help kids brush up on their reading skills.

The organization held its first "Ready To Read" event, giving away free books to area families.

It was hosted, in part, to celebrate Get Caught Reading Month.

Studies show children who read at least three times a week before starting school will be more successful once they do head to class.

Wausau School District's pre-kindergarten coordinator, Julie Burmesch, "If we can get kids reading or being read to from birth actually, we can help the children to develop the foundations in their brain that will support future learning and academic success."

At this event, parents also received information packets about low-cost or free programs for kids.

Online Reporter: Meg Bonacorsi

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