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What is Read United?

United Way of the Coastal Empire is taking a stance against Low Literacy Levels amid children. With Read United, we are working together as a community to put books in the hands of every child within our region, ranging from Pre-K to 1st grade. By closing the existing literacy gap, we are helping to induce success for children living in low-income households.

Reading Proficiency

In the state of Georgia, 66% of children are below reading level.

Reading Availability

In the United States, 61% of low-income families do not have any books in their homes.

Reading Goals

The end of 3rd grade marks the time when children should be shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.

Why is Read United so important?

With the help of our “Read Across Liberty” program, based out of Liberty County, we were able to increase access to language and literacy nutrition in the home. Based on a survey that was completed by participating parents, those with children in their sophomore, junior, and senior year reported that that their children received 2-5 books from our program during their early learning years. Some of those same parents also reported that their children frequently read the books that were given to them. Other parents reported actually reading the books to their children. Overall, the data from the survey revealed that the program has been effective. As a result, 51,000 books are in the homes of school-aged children.

How will Read United be accomplished?

Thanks to our proud title sponsor, Jane Vaden Thatcher, as well as an anonymous donor and the Landings support of our military children, the Read Across Liberty program has been able to expand beyond Liberty County. Using the same methods, we will now transition our focus towards the more vulnerable students through Read United. We will be hosting a kick-off event across our region. This kick-off event will be showcasing a video of community leaders and adult volunteers in classrooms, reading to over 7000 children across our four-county footprint. Children, from grades Pre-K to 1st grade, will be receiving their own books to take home.

United Way understands why children are struggling with their literacy skills. Now it’s time that we do something about it. Join us as we work towards bettering our communities—one book at a time!

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