All RCAS first-graders receive a free book from United Way

RAPID CITY, S.D. -The author and illustrator of the book “Porter the Hoarder” at Central High School read to the district’s first-graders Friday.

Porter is an interactive book, allowing the creators to act it out and the kids to participate.

Porter is a child with a messy room who struggles to decide what to keep in her room and what to throw away. Parents and children work together to find things in Porter’s room and make it clean.

The book teaches children essential skills such as decision making and counting.

“The idea behind porter is that the book is a game and the game is a book. It’s wonderful to spend quality time with your kid reading,” said author Sean Covel.

The United Way helped set up the event and is providing all first graders in the black hills with “Porter the Hoarder” for the next five years. Donating the book is part of the United Way’s “Black Hills Reads” initiative.

“We know research says when kids are reading on grade level, they’re more likely to be successful in life, graduate, high school, all kinds of positive outcomes,” said United Way executive director Jamie Toennies

The author and illustrator also visited Edgemont and Custer this week.

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