Every year, more than 100,000 military parents deploy leaving nearly 250,000 children at home. A conservative separation is about 6-months — that means these military children have 180 nights without their parent home for a bedtime story. That’s 40 million bedtime stories missed each year by military children. United Through Reading connects military families through the read-aloud experience, and we are working to close the gap so that every military child has the opportunity for bedtime stories.
For deployed military families, the mission of United Through Reading is crucial. The ability to maintain a sense of family unity while they are separated is paramount to their succeeding and thriving. UTR builds resiliency and strength in military families.
Sally Ann Zoll, ED.D. | CEO United Through Reading
Best Celebrity Readers According to Military Families
Across the country, parents adjusting to a new normal of social distancing and homeschooling have been scrambling to find online resources to keep kids busy. Children’s authors and celebrities are stepping in to help, reading popular kids’ books out loud through YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. United Through Reading has been connecting physically separated military parents […]
Reading Together, No Matter What: A Message from our CEO on COVID-19
In these uncertain times as we all face new challenges presented by COVID-19, we are thinking of our military families who continue to serve. In particular, we have seen National Guard units across the country activated to respond, separating military families yet again in service to the nation. As always, United Through Reading stands ready […]
Merah and Chad Curnow went to high school together in Butte, Montana, but it was not until their ten-year high school reunion that Merah started falling for the Navy Sailor who was stationed in Richmond, VA at the time. Even with the long-distance, they made it work, and six months later Merah moved to Richmond, […]
In 2020 we are resolving to read aloud every day. Why? Because reading aloud to children is the single most important thing you can do for your child’s reading and learning skills. And United Through Reading recordings allow military service members to read aloud to the children in their lives every day, no matter where […]