Metro Volunteers is organizing an event on Make a Difference Day, which is Oct. 22. Dozens of volunteers and companies will gather in the morning at Dora Moore School, located at 846 Corona Street in Denver, to give back to the community. Volunteers will be donating both dollars and time to support kids in Denver Public Schools. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at

According to Reading Partners, there are over 500 kids in Denver Public Schools who read below their grade level. This is particularly important because a recent study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Denver, Reading Partners provides mentors to help DPS students, but one of their biggest challenges is a lack of books tailored to the specific learning needs of each child. When these kids go home, they often do not have access to books.

This holiday season, Reading Partners and Metro Volunteers are teaming up to address this issue. They are inviting companies to sponsor books for DPS kids, and on Make a Difference Day, volunteers from the businesses will come out to decorate book bags and fill them with brand new books tailored to the reading needs of each student. All the book bags will be delivered to the students in December as holiday gifts.

If your company would like to participate and give back, please visit to learn more about the participation levels. The more volunteers and sponsors, the more book bags there will be for the students.

For individual volunteers who want to come out with their family and friends, we ask that everyone bring a brand new book for the kids.

Get involved today on Make a Difference Day!