Reading Buddies For Students

United Way recruits Reading Buddies for local schools in Mason County. Most people agree that a quality education is a building block for a quality life. Children who begin their first day of kindergarten lacking basic literacy skills end up starting behind. Studies show that if a child is not reading at their grade level in 3rd grade, they will continue their academic career struggling to succeed.


Unemployment rates are higher among workers without a high school diploma. Recent high school drop-out data indicates 24 percent of Mason County high school students do not graduate on time, or perhaps at all. Without a high school diploma individuals are less likely to earn a viable income. This affects their ability to succeed as sustainable adults. United Way recognizes this problem and seeks to increase the on-time graduation rate by mobilizing volunteers to serve as reading buddies at Bordeaux, Sand Hill and North Mason Elementary Schools.
“United Way is enthusiastic about its role in recruiting and placing Reading Buddies in Mason County schools,” said Jeannie Roe Gruber, RSVP Director. “With the goodwill of committed volunteers, our community is a better place.”
As part of United Way’s nationwide movement to recruit one million reading buddies, mentors and tutors; a group of local RSVP volunteers have joined this effort.  But more help is needed to support our schools.
 “One hour a week is all it takes to make a difference in a child’s life,” said Roe Gruber. “Being a Reading Buddy will enrich your life too.”
For more information about Reading Buddies call Jennifer Thompson at 360-943-2773, ext. 21 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
October 21, 2013/United Way Press Notice