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Volunteers distribute books as part of early literacy initiative

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Books have the ability to open doors for children, and one organization wants to make it a reality.

At least 100 volunteers from United Way of Metropolitan Nashville took part in a Sort-a-Thon event at the Martha O'Bryan Center in east Nashville Thursday. 

Volunteers sorted books from a collection drive and then filled thousands of backpacks, which will eventually be distributed to Read to Succeed sites throughout the greater Nashville area.

The event marks the culmination of months of hard work from volunteers who want to get children excited about learning and positively impact their lives.

Read to Succeed is an early literacy initiative that prepares at-risk children for kindergarten and serves approximately 1,200 students at 13 sites in local childcare centers.

The program has made an impact on more than 10,000 Nashville students since 2004.

Throughout February and March, volunteers have given their time to participate in Reading Days of Action, a series of community engagement events all in the name of spreading the joy of reading across Nashville.

Volunteers participated in a variety of opportunities to engage with Read to Succeed students. They have donated books for the collection drive, spent time with students at a Dr. Seuss Activity Volunteers Fair and read to children at various reading days.

Reading Days of Action are part of the organization's work in the area of Education, as reading is a building block of a successful life.

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