Be a Book Bunny

Be a Book Bunny distributes literacy bags to over 600 students served by MRC to help children build personal libraries to encourage reading both in and out of the classroom.

How does it work?

For our Be a Book Bunny program, YLS has partnered with the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a volunteer tutoring initiative, to support pre-kindergarten through second-grade students who are falling behind their peers in reading. Be a Book Bunny sponsors fill Book Bunny reading totes with eight new, age-appropriate books and school supplies. There is no limit to how many totes a business, family, or individual can provide. Each tote is tagged by each child's grade and gender to help our volunteers provide the right kinds of books.

How can I participate?

  1. Volunteer to buy books and fill Bunny totes for our students.
  2. Purchase books and supplies through our Amazon wish list, and they will be shipped directly to United Way!
  3. Be a Virtual Book Bunny and make an online gift. United Way will purchase the books and supplies on your behalf and volunteers will fill the totes.

The Joy of Reading

A personal library encourages healthy reading habits, which helps children succeed later in life. Having books at home helps spark the desire to read and helps kids gain confidence in their reading skills.

Book Bunny 2020

Over 5000 donated books were used to fill more than 900 totes through our Be A Book Bunny program with the help of our United Way staff who were taking precautions like wearing gloves and using hand sanitizer during COVID-19. These totes will supply children with our Midlands Reading Consortium with books and school supplies.

Hippity-Hoppity Presenting Sponsor

Velveteen Sponsor: Drew D. Stevens

Bunny Sponsors: 
Asana Partners
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Founders Federal Credit Union 
Marc Brown Law Firm
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Book Sponsors:
Chernoff Newman
First Community Bank
Brink Hinson, Attorney at Law
NAI Columbia
Andrew Saleeby 
Carolina Fine Jewelery
Lugoff Toyota 
Foundation Mortgage Corporation
Katy Bair
Law Office of Kennth E. Berger, LLC
Snelling Personnel Services
Colliers International

YLS Presenting Sponsor