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United Way hosts Halloween literacy drive-thru event

by Eyewitness News Staff

On Saturday morning, United Way hosted a Halloween-themed Family Fall Festival to promote early child literacy in Kern County.

“We wanted to do something for the community to go to and be safe, ” said Sydney Cullen, United Way of Kern County marketing assistant.

United Way hosts a drive-thru event advocating early child literacy in Kern County on Halloween on Saturday. (KBAK/KBFX)

1,000 bags of candy and books were given out by volunteers to families at 5405 Stockdale Highway. All volunteers wore PPE and socially distanced by staying 6 feet away from drivers and families.

“When a child is given a brand-new book in their hands, it is an investment in their future. We know that if children have a love for books, it will lead to a love for reading, which will lead to greater academic success down the road,” Rachel Hoetker, Education Manager at United Way Kern County said in a news release.

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