3 out of 4 third graders are not well-prepared for the next grade. United Way Reading Together is changing that.
United Way Reading Together pairs elementary school students with corporate and community volunteers to ensure that students are reading proficiently by the time they enter fourth grade, a key indicator of future success. Students spend one hour a week working with their adult reading buddies and getting the extra support and encouragement they need to catch up with their peers. Since its launch, United Way Reading Together has grown from three to five schools and has increased the number of volunteer and student pairs to 130.
81% of United Way Reading Together students improved their reading skills, compared to only 51% of other students.
At the end of the year, 78% of United Way Reading Together students achieved an at or above grade level rating, compared to only 58% of other students.