When kids hit reading and math milestones, we know they are on track for college.
From kindergarten through the end of third grade, students learn to read. From fourth grade on, kids need to be able to read in order to learn. Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success, and early age literacy is vital to education. We understand the importance of investing in early learning tools that will set students and families up for a lifetime of success. Studies show students reading at grade level are four times more likely to graduate from high school.
TOGETHER, WE CAN UPLIFT OUR COMMUNITY
In celebration of National Literacy Month, we created the Read to Succeed campaign to encourage literacy in students and families around our community. Promoting literacy is most successful when it’s in the early stages of children’s development. Building children’s communication skills will boost their understanding of the immediate world around them and will lay the foundation for a prosperous future.
MAKING A COLLECTIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION
United Way became the lead convener of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2014. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a nationwide initiative dedicated to empowering young children to read at grade-level by the end of the third grade.
Research shows that proficiency in reading by the end of third grade enables students to shift from learning to read to reading to learn and to mastering the more complex subject matter they encounter in the fourth-grade curriculum.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT:
We have a commitment to help re-imagine little libraries across the region starting with the Fruit Ridge Community Collective location on Sept 19th! We also fundraise to help these campaigns.