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 2013-14 school year, 175 volunteers provided reading practice to 312 struggling readers at 20 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.

Lafayette Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools: Schools for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Training: Fall 2014 trainings will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Aug. 20, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at United Way of Acadiana, 215 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette.

Acadia Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • School: Schools for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Training: Fall 2014 trainings will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Aug. 20, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at the Acadia Parish School Board Meeting Room, 2402 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley.

St. Martin Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools: Schools for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times for Fall 2014 TBA
  • Training: Fall 2014 trainings will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Aug. 21 and Sept. 4 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 Chelsey Roberie, senior volunteer mobilization coordinator, at 337.706.1226 or chelsey.roberie@unitedwayofacadiana.org.


   

 

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