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United Way sponsors The Great Book Giveaway

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NEKOOSA (WAOW)- Some children at an elementary school in Nekoosa did some reading Wednesday afternoon and it earned them free books.

The Great Book Giveaway was sponsored by United Way of Inner Wisconsin based in Wisconsin Rapids.

More than 1,000 books were donated to United Way during a book drive this spring.

Volunteers read books to the children, making them more real by using character voices and animal sounds.

After the volunteers finished the book, each child took two books from a pile to read at home.

Organizers say this is a good way to keep children reading over summer break.

"Research tells us that children are more likely to read if they have books in their homes, laying around, or on the coffee table or something, so that's why we wanted to put books into the hands of children," said Angela Loucks, United Way of Inner Wisconsin Campaign/Communications Coordinator.

This is the fifth year United Way has organized this program.

Four more book giveaways are planned in the South Wood County area.

    June 12, 2014- Think Academy Playground, 11:00 am

    June 12, 2014- Vesper Community Academy Playground, 1:30 pm

    June 13, 2014- Municipal Zoo Shelter, Wisconsin Rapids, 11:00 am

    June 13, 2014- Adams-Friendship Elementary School Playground, 1:30 pm

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