Each student at Windom Elementary school received a copy of the book “Show You Care: Give Where You Live” from The United Way of McPherson County.

First- and second-grade students, led by teachers Audrey Farmer and Julie Porter, wrote and illustrated the book.

Though the project promotes literacy, it also encourges creativity and philanthropism for young members of society. The story offers ideas and ways to give to other members of the community.

During the book presentation, a teacher read the story aloud to the school and students shouted excitedly when they spotted their work in the book.

In any community, education, health and income are the building blocks for opportunity — individually and collectively. Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a wage that can sustain a family and has health benefits.

Good health helps children stay on track at school and adults to be productive at work. A stable income that can cover today and save for tomorrow builds a family's solid foundation.

Remove any of these building blocks and the other two topple. Build them up and you have a cornerstone for individual and community prosperity.

Thus, community impact is the focus at United Way of McPherson County.

Working strategically with others, United Way identifies needs, focuses on underlying causes and finds lasting solutions. Together we find the answers.