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July 4th, 2009
United Way collecting books for local pre-schoolers


To kick off a book drive for pre-school aged children, members of the United Way of Hays County’s board of directors donated the first batch of books. Pictured left to right, members of the board include John Navarrette, Sandra Duran, Kim Porterfield, Ryan Perkins, Lisa Searle, (back) Robert Updegrove, Phyllis Snodgrass, Matt Leschber, Dr. Oren Renick, Iris Campbell, Mary Borm and Joel Williams.


United Way of Hays County is conducting a book drive during the month of July with the goal of collecting 1,000 English- and Spanish-language books for children ages birth to six years old.

In a partnership with the SOAR organization, the books will be distributed to schoolchildren in San Marcos CISD’s Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs in book bags donated by Butler Manufacturing and Gary Job Corp.

Collection bins are located at the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, San Marcos CISD administration building, the J.C. Kellum building on the Texas State University campus and at other local churches and businesses.

“We hope that everyone will join us in donating so that all of the students of the ECI and Head Start programs receive a bag of books,” said Kim Porterfield, the United Way board president.

The Success by Six program aims to prepare children for the start of school, lowering the probability of falling behind at an early age and increasing the likelihood of success in both high school and higher education.

SOAR stands for Seeking Opportunities, Achieving Results and is a collaboration of the officials representing San Marcos CISD, Texas State, the San Marcos Education Foundation, the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

For information about the Success by Six initiative, visit SOAR’s Web site at For information about donating to or volunteering with United Way of Hays County, call (512) 353-1420 or visit the Web site at

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