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Remember the first book you read that made you think, “Wow, this is really awesome and I can’t put it down!”?

This December 3rd, YOU can gift a child with their very own #SlamDunkBook by donating to Book Trust, a special initiative that aims to improve grade-level literacy in Title 1 schools in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro. Special thanks to Cobalt Credit Union for matching the first $2,500 raised.

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Ways to Give

Contribute to a donors' fundraiser below or click "Make a Donation" to give today.

Thank you to our #SlamDunkBook sponsors!

"I can’t tell you how excited our students are

…each month when they not only get to look at the catalog, but they get to choose books they want and know they will get them! The excitement is tangible.”

Julie Danker, Literacy Coach at Bloomer Elementary in Council Bluffs

"For many of our students these books are

…the only ones they have at home. These books are helping to get the kids excited about reading. The best is when the book box comes and the kids get independent reading time. They naturally fall into book conversations and cuddle up in cozy places to read.”

Stacy Stoffel, 5th Grade Teacher, Mockingbird Elementary in Ralston

"The children are so excited to choose

their own books each month. When the books came in the first month, it took a lot of extra convincing to get them to understand that they could take them home and keep them!”

Lori Irvine, Library Media Specialist, Howard Kennedy Elementary in Omaha

More about Book Trust


Thousands of students in our metro have so little access to books that they might not discover their #SlamDunkBook and a love for reading. As part of the Raise Me to Read initiative, United Way of the Midlands aims to help kids read on grade-level by providing them with books they love.


That’s why we fundraise for Book Trust, which provides K-3rd grade students in 10 local Title 1 schools with a monthly book budget. Students use their dollars to purchase 20-30 books throughout the year, filling their home libraries with books they get to choose.


The Raise Me to Read initiative focuses on three key areas that impact grade-level reading: preparing kids from birth to age five for school, encouraging students to attend school every day and fostering learning during the summer months. 

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