Volunteers Make First Annual Read-a-thon a Success

On Saturday, March 2, more than 30 volunteers arrived at United Way of Bucks County offices ready to read!  They ranged in age from 19 to 90-plus. The diverse group included professional writers, social media consultants, college students, a police officer, a retired Ivy League professor, a CFO, staff from local nonprofits, and many more.

The volunteers were needed due to the incredible growth of United Way of Bucks County’s Martin Luther King Day of Service Essay contest.  You can read more about the three year history of the program – and how it grew from less than 100 to more than 650 entries.

In just two hours, volunteers read more than 650 essays written by students from every corner of Bucks County. They carefully selected finalists based on comprehension of the subject, organization, conclusions, creativity, and ‘heart’.  Each potential finalist was scored by three independent judges.  Now, the highest scoring essays go to the Liar’s Club – a group of professional writers in and around Bucks County – for the final decisions.

We look forward to revealing the winners at our Pep Rally on May 3 – so stay tuned!




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