United Way Leadership Team Participates in Read Across America Day

Oncor employees visit local elementary school to read Dr. Seuss

By:  Briana Monsalve
Oncor’s United Way Leadership Team is busy behind the scenes preparing for this year’s United Way Campaign, which kicks off March 20 through April 21. To get in the United Way spirit, the group recently participated in Read Across America Day. The Leadership Team, comprised of employees from across the company, visited J.W. Ray Elementary School in Dallas and joined kindergarten through third grade classrooms to read popular books by famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss. 

“This event is always a huge success,” said Kristen Jones, the school’s project coordinator for the event. “Our students always enjoy having visitors read them their favorite stories. It’s really important for students to have others to look up to on such an important skill like reading.”

Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program led by the National Education Association that takes place on or around Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. Schools across Dallas ISD participated in Read Across America Day and welcomed hundreds of volunteers to their campuses for a morning of reading and friendship.

“Bringing the team together for a volunteer opportunity is a great way to gear up for our annual campaign,” said Katie Smith, Technical Specialist I of Reliability Standards Compliance and Oncor’s 2017 United Way Committee Co-Chair. “It helps to see, first-hand, how organizations count on community support and how important it is to keep our Oncor United Way tradition going strong.”

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas​ sponsored J.W. Ray’s Reading Day event as a part of their Unite for Change Community Impact Series. 

“Across North Texas, volunteers are reading to over 8,000 students and putting them on a path to succeed,” said Patty Morris of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “This year’s event is the 20th anniversary of Read Across America Day in conjunction with celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.”
Oncor’s annual campaign of giving to the United Way is coming soon. Locations across the company’s service territory will be engaged in numerous fundraising, educational and volunteer events to help make a powerful impact in their communities.  All donations will remain in their local United Way agencies across North Texas to make an impact in each respective community.