Volunteers Needed to Read with Local School Children

A contingent of volunteers are needed as Read to Succeed volunteers for the 2nd semester of the 2013-14 school year in Cape Public Schools to help our Kindergarteners and 1st graders improve their literacy skills.  Due to the support of the United Way of Southeast Missouri’s GRACES Women’s Council and the Cape Public School District the Read to Succeed program is continuing to experience great success with 98% of students involved in the program advancing their reading skills by one entire grade level.

DOWNLOAD: 2014 Read to Succeed Volunteer Flyer
(Post copied from a United Way of Southeast Missouri news release)

“We will be serving another 100 children this semester,” stated Monique Johnson, Program Director, “and have several volunteer slots to fill.”

Over the past three years, Read to Succeed has deployed over 200 volunteers to work with as many children to help them develop a solid foundation in their reading skills. Research shows that children not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade have five times the chance to drop out of school.  Some states use 3rd grade reading level to help estimate the number of prison cells needed in 10 years.  The United Way has identified literacy as a key indicator for success in school and has implemented a program that is working proactively to prepare our youngest students.

Students identified by the teachers are chosen to participate in the program based on their reading skills and are paired with a volunteer for 30 to 40 minutes, four days a week, for 50 sessions each.  The results have been profound with 95%+ of students in the program achieving success.

“Research shows that if a student can read at or above grade level by the end of the third grade, they have a much greater chance of being successful in school,” stated Johnson.  “This will make a significant difference in the lives of these students and our community,” she added.

Third grade reading level is one of five indicators the United Way has identified in their education initiative as important to success in life.  Other indicators include quality early care, successful transitions through middle school and junior high, high school graduation and parent education and engagement.    The entire report titled the “Mobilization Plan to Ensure the Success of our Children” can be found on their website at www.unitedwayofsemo.org.

“The volunteers get as much out of it, if not more, than the children,” stated Monique Johnson.    Anyone interested can contact Monique Johnson at the United Way of Southeast Missouri at 573.334.9634 or email her at readtosucceed@unitedwayofsemo.org.  Background checks are required. Schedule included in flyer download above.


About United Way of Southeast Missouri

The Mission of the United Way of Southeast Missouri is to serve as the leader in uniting people and resources to build a stronger and healthier community. We focus on the building blocks of a strong family and a good life: Education, Income and Health. Our proactive methods create lasting change in the community that will continuously reduce the need for emergency services. We envision a community that LIVES UNITED by Giving, Advocating and Volunteering to improve this wonderful place where we live and work. For more information please visit www.UnitedWayofSEMO.org or call 573-334-9634.

About United Way Worldwide

United Way of Worldwide (UWW) is an international organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement executed by 2,000 locally governed United Ways in the United States and 46 countries and territories around the world. Building on more than a century of service as a preeminent community-based fundraiser and facilitator, UWW mobilizes more than 2.5 million volunteers and raises $5.2 billion worldwide.  Together, the system will build stronger, healthier and ultimately more sustainable communities. For more information about UWW, visit www.liveunited.org.