United We Read
In the fall semester, United Way partners with Lubbock County school districts for United We Read. Through the program, volunteers visit every second-grade classroom in the county, read a book and lead a craft, and send every child home with a copy of the book. 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.
2020 United We Read
For the 2020 event, students read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds.
Mr. Reynolds sent a special message to the students participating in the event:
To find out more about getting involved with this project in 2021, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 806.747.2711.