Delaware News

Ending illiteracy goal of two county groups

The United Way of Delaware County and the 2nd & 7 Foundation are partnering in an effort to end illiteracy in Delaware County. The two organizations will host the first fundraising event to raise money for reading programs designed for children from birth to second grade.

"The Derby: Books, Bowties & Bourbon," will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. March 7, at the Northpointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center. Tickets are $75 per person and include a complimentary Derby drink, hors d'oeuvres, bourbon tasting, cigar bar, participation in races and raffles and more.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation promotes literacy with the reading program "Tackling Illiteracy," which began in central Ohio and is now being implemented all over the nation. As part of the program, college or high school student-athletes visit second graders in elementary schools with high populations of students on free or reduced lunch plans. They read aloud, discuss the importance of education and give each child a free book.

The United Way of Delaware County works to ensure children arrive in kindergarten prepared to learn through the Imagination Library. Each month from the day a child is born until his or her fifth birthday, a carefully selected book is mailed to the child's home. All children living in Delaware County are eligible for this program. 354 county children are enrolled in the Imagination Library program. Of those children, 78 percent are sponsored through individual and corporate donations.

The evening will bring together college athletes, coaches, business leaders and community members for horse racing and other entertainment. For tickets or to become a Derby sponsor, visit secondandseven. com/thederby.