United We Read
About United We Read
In the fall semester, United Way partners with Lubbock County school districts for United We Read. Through the program, volunteers visited every second-grade classroom in the county, read a book, lead a craft, and sent every child home with a book copy. Approximately 3,500 students and 500 volunteers participate annually.
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 how to read to reading to learn. Children who do not hit this important milestone are more likely to struggle academically and eventually drop out of school. The event also emphasizes the importance of parents reading with their children.
United We Read 2023 is on October 26.