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. 


Every month during the school year, United Way volunteers are visiting elementary classrooms in Lubbock, Frenship, and Lubbock-Cooper ISDs for United We Read-alongs. Each month we visit three campuses (one from each district), select a grade level from Kindergarten to Third Grade, and read to every classroom in that grade level. The program is an extension of the larger United We Read event and promotes the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade.

Every student receives a copy of the book read in their classroom and resources to take home to their caregivers. Teachers also receive a bag full of books for their classroom and a treat to pamper themselves.

To find out about volunteering for a read-along, please email reading@liveunitedlubbock.org.



The 5th Annual United We Read is scheduled for October 27, 2022. Please check back in the Fall for information about how you can sign up to volunteer.