October 2, 2013
Thanks to local media personalities, business and civic leaders who joined us this morning to Experience ReadUP at Indianapolis Public School 44. United Way is in the home stretch of recruiting 1,200 volunteers by November 1 to work with struggling readers to help them catch up to grade level. After the 30 minute tutoring session, guest readers were asked to help spread the word about how impactful the short time commitments can be for kids and how easy and rewarding it is for tutors.
United Way is investing in volunteer reading as part of its focus on education's critical role in breaking the cycle of poverty. ReadUP works! More than two thirds (68 percent) of ReadUP students end the school year with grade level reading abilities, experiencing two year's growth (the one year they were behind and the current year).
We still need 275 volunteers to take the pledge to help. By giving just one hour a week — 30 hours total — a volunteer can make a difference for two students' educational success. Helping students become better readers means they are more likely to stay engaged in school and more likely to succeed in the classroom and in life.