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United Way gives away summer reading kits

The nonprofit will continue handing out these materials out at various feeding locations in Ottumwa until school starts/KTVO

A heartland nonprofit is helping students stay on track with their school work this summer.

As part of Ottumwa’s summer feeding program, the United Way of Wapello County is handing out free literacy kits to kids during lunch. Ottumwa's YMCA food service program provides free lunch to ages 2 through 18 at seven different sites during the summer, including Taft Circle Apartments.

United Way was there Thursday, handing out Popsicles and reading material to students. Executive Director Blaire Siems told KTVO the kits were donated to their organization. Each kit includes books and educational activities for kids to brush up on their reading skills.

"During the summer months, a lot of students, if they don't have access to learning materials, books, things like that, they tend to lose a lot of the information that they've learned in their previous school years," Siems said.

Volunteers will continue handing out these materials at various feeding locations until school starts.

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