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United Way Readers

Now is the time to make sure every child in Lafayette and Acadia 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 individual’s 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 an 8-week time period.
And they're making a difference. In the last year, more than 225 volunteers have provided reading practice to more than 373 struggling readers at 18 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 and Acadia parishes.
Opportunities for Schools
Be one of the schools supporting students by offering additional reading practice through the United Way Readers program.
For more information, contact Ji'Carla Martinez at or 337.706.1226.