Research shows that children who start behind, stay behind. You can make the difference. Book Buddy reaches children from low-income families in the critical year before kindergarten, helping them build the pre-reading skills they need for a strong start in school. Currently at eight locations in Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa is bringing Book Buddy to Perry this October. Volunteers read one-on-one with preschool students using an easy-to-follow curriculum and children bring home their own copy of the featured book each week.

Join other community volunteers and leaders to learn more during a meeting from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Perry Public Library. Reservations can be made online at For more information, contact Rachel at or 515-554-1417.