United Way of NELA Rounds Up Volunteers for Reading Program

United Way of NELA Rounds Up Volunteers for Reading Program

The United Way Of Northeast Louisiana is rounding up volunteers to help children learn to read.
MONROE -- The United Way Of Northeast Louisiana is rounding up volunteers to help children learn to read.

Volunteers are paired up with one child in 2nd or 3rd grade to work on reading skills -- meeting for 30 minutes, once a week from October until next May 2014. All training and materials will be provided.
   
A pilot program last year showed 86 percent of students improved their reading levels.
   
United Way officials say the goal is to increase the number of children graduating from high school.

"Studies show that a child who is not reading by the end of third grade on reading level, is 4 times more likely to drop out. That's a staggering statistic." said Janet Durden, President of United Way of NELA.

The United Way is in need of about 20 more volunteers before the reading program kicks off this October 21st. Volunteers will train for 2 hours this Tuesday and Thursday and will be required to submit a background check. No costs will be required out of volunteers.

The program will cover about 200 students in Monroe City Schools, Ouachita Parish Schools, and Lincoln Parish Schools. In the spring semester of 2014, Union Parish Schools will be included as well.

To find out how to sign up or for more information on the United Way, go to www.unitedwaynela.org and click on "Read, Learn, Succeed," or call 2-1-1.
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