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United Reads returns for Fall 2013

In 11th year, program has served 23,000+ elementary students, distributed 80,000+ books

D.C. United and its charitable arm, United for D.C., today announced the schedule for United Reads during the Fall of 2013. United Reads is a signature program created to encourage elementary school students in the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to read and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles. United Reads is currently in its 11th year and has distributed over 81,000 books to local elementary students in underserved communities, serving over 23,000 students through school visits. The program will continue to partner with the Heart of America Foundation to provide new books to every student during D.C. United’s visits to each school this fall.

At each visit, D.C. United players will lead interactive games and activities with the students as well as share their personal experiences and successes with an emphasis on the importance of reading and staying healthy. Players will also sign autographs, take photos and distribute two new books to each student to continue developing their personal libraries.

In addition to the D.C. United players making appearances, the D.C. United staff will further their commitment to the community by reading to selected classrooms at each school. The staff will encourage the younger students to develop and maintain good reading habits. United is proud to begin a new partnership with Patterson Elementary School in the fall of 2013 and further the community reach into Southwest DC.

For more information about United Reads or any of United for D.C.’s programs, please visit unitedfordc.org

Below is the United Reads Fall school schedule:

Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8)
1919 15th St. SE
Washington, DC 20020
October 22

Amidon Bowen Elementary School (Ward 5)
401 I St. SE
Washington, DC 20034
October 23

Payne Elementary School (Ward 6)
305 15th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
November 6

Patterson Elementary School (Ward 8)
4399 South Capitol Terrace
Washington, DC 20032
November 12

Bruce-Monroe Elementary School (Ward 1)
3560 Warder St NW
Washington, DC 20001
November 13

About United for D.C.:
United For D.C., Inc. was founded on January 8, 2002 as the charitable arm of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. United For D.C. is a 501(c)3 organization with the mission to champion educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United and our community.

About Heart of America:
Founded in 1997, The Heart of America Foundation's mission is to provide disadvantaged children with the tools they need to read, succeed and make a difference in life. The Heart of America Foundation's programs uniquely combine volunteer service and literacy. The organization is volunteer-led and peer-driven, operating with a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.