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United Way Readers Program
Help a child learn to read. Become a United Way Reader in 2017!
Learning to read by fourth grade is the most important predictor of on-time high school graduation.
By helping children succeed in school, they're more likely to become successful adults and contribute to a more vibrant community.
During the 2015/2016 school year, more than 230 students were served and 90 percent improved literacy skills. This year, with your support we can expand our efforts to help more children in our region learn to read.
How the United Way Readers Program works:
You'll help more kids build the skills they need to do well in school and be successful in the future.
Each week in a Hartford, Enfield, New Britain or Windham school, you’ll work one-on-one with a student for an hour. You’ll read together and do educational activities, helping them improve their overall reading skills, and gain confidence in sounding out words and vocabulary.
United Way and its partners work to help children succeed in school and life through the United Way Readers Program. This is one part of United Way's role as a leader in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is part of a national effort to involve the whole community – including volunteers – so all children stay on track in learning to read and read on grade level by the fourth grade.
Did you know?
Reading with kids is one of the best things you can do to help them learn to read and enjoy success in school. Students who read on grade level at the end of third grade are more successful in school, and more likely to graduate from high school on time.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and its partners understands the importance of reading to young people and helping them succeed early in life so they are better prepared for the future. This program is one way we help hard-working ALICE households succeed by ensuring their children learn to read by the fourth grade.
Joan Ouellette, a United Way Reader from Aetna
"I really enjoy getting out and giving back to our community. My connection with Yamaris gives me a fresh perspective on life when returning back to work."
For information about the United Way Readers Program and to sign up,
Please email us at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't Commit to an Hour a Week? No Problem!
There are also one time volunteer opportunities to read to children in classrooms.
- Jumpstart's Read for the Record - annually in October
- National Education Association's Read Across America Day - annually on March 2
- Read Aloud Sessions in East Hartford and Enfield (once a month from January-May 2017). Click here to learn more and register for one or more sessions.
To learn more about these opportunities and plan ahead, please email Phil Blonski. Be sure to ask about and stay tuned for more upcoming one-time volunteer reading opportunities!
United Way Readers program site hosts:
- Alfred E. Burr Community School
- Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi
- Burns Latino Studies Academy
- Chamberlain Elementary School
- COMPASS Youth Collaborative
- Hazardville Memorial School
- John C. Clark Jr. Elementary & Middle School
- Lincoln Elementary School
- Natchaug Elementary School
- The Village for Families & Children
Our United Way Readers program is supported through individual and corporate contributions to United Way Community Investment along with the following foundations:
- Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
- Connecticut Health & Educational
- Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
- George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation
- New Alliance Foundation
- The Red Nose Day Fund