More than 120 United Way volunteers are reading to children throughout Calhoun County to help build a nation of readers. Today at the kick-off for their reading campaign people turned out to support the cause. Ms. Jacksonville State University and the Alexandria Valley Mini Cubette Twirlers were part of the group that turned out to help jump-start the movement. Read Across America Week, held annually in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, is part of United Way’s program to motivate children and teens to read. It is also a great opportunity to mobilize volunteer readers, tutors and mentors to improve education and increase the high school graduation rate. United Way of East Central Alabama Executive Director Shannon Jenkinssays Read Across America Week gives United Way volunteers the opportunity to spend an hour spreading the joy of reading to kids. Jenkins says it is an integral part of the larger reading initiative for United Way. Jenkins says they also reach more than 300 children with their Imagination Library. He adds that they are looking for people to help in a variety of ways. Jenkins says their goal is the sponsorship of 150 kids. The United Way says that by reading to children on Dr. Seuss’ birthday – or any day -- a clear message is sent…That reading is fun and important. You can volunteer to read with children any day of the year; just contact the United Way of East Central Alabama at uweca.org.