United Way's Reading Buddy Program Brings Community to Schools
Help Local Children Achieve Literacy!
During the 2017-2018 school year, over 200 Reading Buddies were placed in 30 elementary schools in Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties with our volunteer Buddies serving over 995 students. 94% of students showed improved test scores between Fall and Spring!
"The biggest highlight for me is to see the excitement on students' faces when I show up to help them learn!" - Local Reading Buddy volunteer
Extra reading practice with a caring adult builds student confidence and stronger readers!
Reading Buddies lend community support to schools and teachers and help create a positive reading experience, giving students extra encouragement. One hour a week with a struggling reader is all it takes to make a difference!