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 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 a 10-week time period.

And they're making a difference. In the last year, more than 220 volunteers have provided reading practice to more than 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 SCHOOLS

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

For more information, contact Deidra Lewis at deidra.lewis@unitedwayofacadiana.org or 337-706-1226.