United Way, NWIBT team up to deliver books to young Harlem students

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ROSCOE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Two local organizations join forces to make sure children are getting exposed to books at a young age.

The United Way hosted a book reading to Harlem School District for Pre-K and Kindergartners Monday at the Parker Center in Machesney Park.

It's in conjunction with a check presentation by the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Council. The organization raised $5,000 from its 2018 golf outing toward the United Way's "Success By 6" initiative.

Through the initiative, the United Way delivers 30,000 books to the hands of area children every year.

"When the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades became aware of a severe lack of the amount of words in homes in the Rockford Region, we needed to be a part of that," said Jake Castanza (D-68th District). "So when you step forward and see a solution that an organization is putting forward, of course we need to lend our resources... whether it's our time, talent or treasures."