|United Way committed to early literacy|
|Written by Submitted|
|Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:29 PM|
educators, policymakers and volunteers throughout the country will be
donning their Cat-in-the-Hat attire. They will be reading to young
children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. United Way, in our
partnership with the National Education Association and teachers
everywhere, is proud to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 1.
It’s a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to
early literacy runs deeper than a single day’s celebration.
want the best for our children, and kids who don’t read well by third or
fourth grade tend to fall farther behind as they start reading to
learn. A staggering 83 percent of children who come from low-income
families do not read on grade level. Too many check out, drop out and
fail to reach their potential. It’s no exaggeration to say that helping
kids read well early can help us close achievement gaps, increase
graduation rates, support our local economy and build a strong
Together we can make a difference! It can start by volunteering locally or even at home. Volunteer to read to children in your local education system next week or in the future. Donate books to your local library or after school program. You can even volunteer as a reading coach for Hoosier Hills Literacy League or find other volunteer opportunities at www.VolunteerUWGC.org. To learn more about the opportunities to help our children’s future please feel free to contact your local United Way. Take action. Because change doesn’t happen without you!