Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Buy Books, Help Kids!

Thinking about a new spring read? Head to Barnes & Noble between April 18 and 25 and your purchase can provide books for at-risk kids taking part in this summer's Kindergarten Countdown!

There are two easy ways to help support kids:

1) Shop for yourself -- a percentage of your purchase total will be donated to provide books for young students! Simply print off and present the voucher or mention Kindergarten Countdown at the checkout register.

2) Purchase a book for a young learner -- select a book from the Kindergarten Countdown store display. Simply mention that you would like to donate the book to Kindergarten Countdown while you are at the register, and Barnes and Noble will donate it directly.

Also, please help spread the word about this easy way to support youth in our community! Download and share this flyer.

Kindergarten Countdown Camp is a free summer camp that helps children with little to no preschool experience make the transition to kindergarten. The books you purchase for Kindergarten Countdown Camp, and the book sale proceeds, will help Kindergarten Countdown campers enter school ready to learn.

For the past four years IU Health, the Monroe County Community School Corporation, and United Way of Monroe County have partnered to make Kindergarten Countdown a success. We are proud to partner with Barnes & Noble (2813 East 3rd St, Bloomington) for the Kindergarten Countdown book drive, guaranteeing an educational and fun 5th annual Kindergarten Countdown Camp this summer!  

Do you want to strengthen education in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Education Priority Fund. This fund helps children achieve their potential through cradle-to-career initiatives that ensure kids enter kindergarten ready to learn and graduate high school ready to earn success in college or career.

Want to learn more about the other building blocks for a good life? Visit Earnings and Essentials to see how we are making an impact.


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