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United Way and the Cleveland Indians Need Your Help to Stuff the Bus with Books

Contact: Kendra Wheeler, Media Relations Manager, 216-436-2122, 216-849-4922 cell

CLEVELAND (June 10, 2014) United Way of Greater Cleveland needs your help to Stuff the Bus with Books as part of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action. United Way, the Cleveland Indians and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority are partners to help eliminate summer learning loss.

Help United Way fill an RTA bus with gently used children’s and young adult books. Drop your donated books at Progressive Field’s Rally Alley from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Then enjoy the game as the Indians take on the Detroit Tigers.

All donated books will be distributed to the Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Heights Libraries, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library and Westlake Porter Public Library. Then each library system will distribute the books to children, free of charge to keep them reading in summer and help build their own libraries.

“Summer learning loss puts our kids at risk of falling behind when the school year starts in fall,” says United Way President and CEO Bill Kitson. “Stuff the Bus with Books is a great opportunity to keep our kids reading and motivated to learn during summer vacation.”

Many local businesses are drop-off locations for Stuff the Bus with Books through June 20. A full list is available at www.UnitedWayCleveland.org/StuffTheBus.

Stuff the Bus with Books is part of United Way Worldwide’s Day of Action. United Ways across the country are encouraging their communities to address education, income and health challenges on June 21, 2014.

United Way of Greater Cleveland is a leader in mobilizing people to give, advocate and volunteer to advance education, income and health in our community. Join us and LIVE UNITED.

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