United Way recruits Reading Buddies for 2014-15
August 26, 2014 – Olympia, Wash. – Today, two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. And, disadvantaged children come to school at least two years behind their peers in pre-reading skills. It is hard to catch up – especially after second or third grade. Volunteers who work with students have the power to help boost academic achievement for a child and set the right track for a brighter future. United Way of Thurston County seeks passionate, dedicated and kind volunteers in Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties to join the Reading Buddy program for the 2014-15 school year.According to Impact Forms conducted by United Way, reading level improvement results indicated a high percentage of reading advances made by students as adult buddies sparked a new excitement for reading.
“Although the success rate is evident, there is still a great need for more Reading Buddies in elementary schools throughout Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties,” said Jeannie Roe Gruber, Retired and Senior Volunteer Director.
Consider serving as a United Way Reading Buddy to children ages five to 10 years old, in a one-on-one or group setting by dedicating one hour a week from October 2014 to May 2015.