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United We Read

On September 26th, United Way volunteers will again be reading to second-grade students across Lubbock County. More than 500 volunteers will be involved in reading and leading craft activities with approximately 4,000 participating students in every second-grade classroom in Lubbock County.

The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade. At this point, students who have not mastered basic reading skills will begin to fall behind in every area of study as classrooms shift from learning to read to reading to learn. The event also emphasizes the importance of parents reading with their children.

In 2018, Lubbock Area United Way hosted its first United We Read event. More than 500 volunteers read to 3,535 second-graders across the Lubbock, Frenship, Lubbock-Cooper, Shallowater, and New Deal Independent School Districts. Every child went home with a copy of the book and a craft, including 138 books in Spanish. United We Read volunteers represented 93 different businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and local governement departments, including the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire and Rescue.

To sign up to volunteer or find out more, contact us at reading@liveunitedlubbock.org or 806.747.2711.

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