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United Way committed to early literacy PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:29 PM

This week 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.

We all 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 community.

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!