United Way Readers

Now is the time to make sure every child in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes becomes a reader.

Children learn to read in the early-grade years so they can read to learn throughout the rest of their lives. A missed opportunity to read at grade level by the fourth grade could set an individualís quest for learning back permanently. You can help by volunteering to be a United Way Reader. Volunteers provide much-needed reading practice time in conjunction with classroom teachers for one hour per week for a 10-week time period.

And they're making a difference. During the 2015-16 school year, 200 volunteers provided reading practice to 300 struggling readers at 27 Elementary schools in Acadiana.

The good news is most struggling readers can learn to read if given additional help in the early grades. That is why United Way of Acadiana is focused on increasing awareness on how you can provide reading and literacy support to children at risk of falling behind as a United Way Reader. Opportunities are available in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS

Lafayette Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools: TBA for the 2016-17 school year
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times TBA
  • Training: Trainings will be held Oct. 3,2016, from 11 a.m. until noon; Oct. 5, 2016, from 11 a.m. until noon.; and Jan. 10, 2017, from 11 a.m. until noon and Jan 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. until noon at United Way of Acadiana, 215 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette.

Acadia Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools:TBA for the 2016-17 school year
  • Reading opportunities:Reading times TBA
  • Training: Trainings will be held Oct. 3,2016, from 2-3pm and Oct. 5, 2016, from 2-3pm  ; Jan. 10, 2017, from 2-3pm and Jan 12, 2017 from 2-3pm at the Acadia Parish School Board Meeting Room, 2402 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley.

St. Martin Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools: TBA for the 2016-17 school year
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times TBA
  • Training: Trainings will be held Oct. 4,2016 from 2-3pm ; Oct. 6, 2016 from 2-3pm and Jan. 9, 2017 from 2-3pm ; Jan. 11, 2017 from 2-3pm at the Early Learning Center, 1004 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Martinville.
If you are interested in becoming a United Way Reader but unable to attend a scheduled training or are looking for more information about United Way Readers, please contact Deidra Lewis, Volunteer Mobilization Manager, at 337.706.1226 or deidra.lewis@unitedwayofacadiana.org.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLS
Be one of the schools supporting students by offering additional reading practice
through the United Way Readers program.




   

 

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