What is Celebrity Read?

Celebrity Read is a long-standing literacy initiative created by United Way of Greater Newark (UWGN) in 1990, with a primary goal of recruiting volunteers to model their love for reading from pre-k to 4th grade elementary classrooms in its service area. In recognition of the program’s unique service to the community, it has been designated as a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 2001.

Did you know?

• Students reading at and above grade level in 3rd grade, graduate from high school at higher rates than students below grade level.

• Children who are read to for 30 minutes per week for a school year show significant gains in their reading score and in other subjects.

• Across the nation, just under half of the children between birth and five years (47.8%) are read to every day by their parents or other family members.

What makes you a Celebrity Reader?

United Way believes that everyone can be a “celebrity” in the life of a child and by volunteering time between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from Monday through Friday at one or more participating schools during the month of February, you can become a celebrity reader! If you are part of a company/organization, we welcome you to adopt a school by recruiting a minimum of 10 volunteers from your workplace to represent you at a school.

This year’s theme is A Community That Reads Together Succeeds Together.

If you are interesting in joining us for Celebrity Read 2020, please click the link below and register to become a reader at one or more of our participating schools. For more information about the program, please contact Karen Leach-Toomer at 973-854-2249 or email her at kleachtoomer@uwnewark.org.





    Before selecting a school, please note that you are committing to be a guest at the school between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please review the schools listed below and select the schools you wish to attend. Be sure to mark your selected dates on your calendar.