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 2012-13 school year, 341 volunteers provided reading practice to 449 struggling readers at 21 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: Alice Boucher Elementary, Broadmoor Elementary, Carencro Heights Elementary, Charles Burke Elementary, Duson Elementary, Ernest Gallet Elementary, Evangeline Elementary, Green T. Lindon Elementary, Katharine Drexel Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Ossun Elementary, Prairie Elementary, S. J. Montgomery Elementary, Westside Elementary or Woodvale Elementary
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Training: Additional trainings will be held in Fall 2014. If you are interested in scheduling a training before then, please contact Chelsey Roberie, senior volunteer mobilization coordinator, at 337.706.1226 or chelsey.roberie@unitedwayofacadiana.org.

Acadia Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • School: Ross Elementary or Church Point Elementary
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Training: Additional trainings will be held in Fall 2014. If you are interested in scheduling a training before then, please contact Chelsey Roberie, senior volunteer mobilization coordinator, at 337.706.1226 or chelsey.roberie@unitedwayofacadiana.org.

St. Martin Parish

  • Grades: First and second grade.
  • Schools: Early Learning Center, St. Martinville Primary School or Teche Elementary
  • Reading opportunities: Reading times are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Training: Additional trainings will be held in Fall 2014. If you are interested in scheduling a training before then, please contact Chelsey Roberie, senior volunteer mobilization coordinator, at 337.706.1226 or chelsey.roberie@unitedwayofacadiana.org.
If you are interested in becoming a United Way 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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