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Make a Difference in the Lives of our Listeners during One Day. One KU. 

February 18, 2021

Young boy Wayne Morris being enveloped in a hug by his mom in front of their home during the 1920's

[Image is of young boy Wayne Morris being enveloped in a hug by his mom in front of their home during the 1920's]

Wayne Morris knew the power of the written word and the connections that could be made simply by picking up a book or paging through the daily paper. He realized this at an early age as he loved school and thrived in the activities that came with it at the time - Student Council president, basketball and track star - just to name a few. "Pretty good for a kid from 'across the tracks,'" he liked to say. It was this passion for learning that lead him to his calling as an educator, spending his career as a teacher and then as a principal.

Not only a teacher in the classroom but also at home, Wayne could be found reading with his granddaughters and sharing the power of the written word with them. He even bonded with his son-in-law over the love of an author. These are the connections that are made when reading is at the forefront of our lives, and Wayne knew that.

During this #OneDayOneKU, we are honored to have the 'Wayne Morris Memorial Match,' made possible by Melinda and Tom Kearney. "It is very meaningful that we are honoring my father Wayne in this way that provides for Audio-Reader," Melinda shared with us. Melinda and Tom know the significance of having access to the written word and the connection it provides and spend hours each week volunteering for Audio-Reader to make this possible for our listeners.

During #OneDayOneKU on Thursday, February 18, you can show your passion for the written word and help make it accessible for the thousands of listeners who depend on Audio-Reader by donating to the Wayne Morris Memorial Match. The Kearney family will match ALL gifts up to $2,500 for this challenge. With all of the matches and challenges we have lined up for #OneDayOneKU, your gift will have 3x the impact!

Make a difference in the lives of our listeners on #OneDayOneKU by making a gift here.

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