Calling all volunteers! The United Way of Miami-Dade needs your help. They are recruiting 300 volunteers to become readers at more than 30 early learning centers throughout Miami-Dade County as part of its ReadingPals program.
Did you know? Research shows that children who are reading on grade level by 4th grade have a better chance of graduating from high school. In Florida, more than a third of 3rd graders in public school cannot read at minimum levels of proficiency.
How it works: Sign up to read to students once a week for 24 weeks, starting the week of Oct. 15.
A $116,000 private grant for each of the next three years from Carol Jenkins Barnett, chairman and president of Publix Super Markets Charities, and Barney Barnett, Publix vice chairman, is helping United Way expand its current volunteer reader program, to engage more volunteers and help more young children improve their literacy skills.
Joining United Way in this ReadingPals initiative are local partners: The Children’s Movement of Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, The Children’s Trust and the Early Learning Coalition.