Volunteer through ReadingPals
FACT: Nearly one third of Florida's third graders attending public school cannot read at minimally proficient levels. And, sadly, those children are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
ReadingPals is an early literacy initiative for children kindergarten through third grade. The program focuses on ensuring children have been exposed to the wonders of literature and are reading at grade level at the end of third grade. United Way engages, trains and deploys volunteer "reading pals" who dedicate one hour a week for 25 weeks to read to a child. ReadingPals also provides approximately 15 books for each child to take for a home library. This year ReadingPals is in 14 public schools and six childcare sites reaching more than 300 children.
A Special Thank You to our Community Partners:
Barney and Carol J. Barnett
The A.D. Henderson Foundation