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United Way Reading Buddy Program

United Way's Reading Buddy Program Brings Community to Schools


What is the United Way Reading Buddy Program?

In 2011, United Way launched a nationwide initiative to recruit one million Reading Buddies, mentors and tutors to support our schools.

In the 2016-2017 school year, over 150 Reading Buddies were placed in 30 elementary schools in Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties.

In the 2016-2017 school year, our volunteers served over 800 students.

"Biggest highlight for me is to see the excitement on students' faces when I show up to help them learn!" - A Reading Buddy

Why Reading Buddies?

When students are not reading at grade-level by 3rd grade, they are four times more likely not to graduate on time or at all.

Reading Buddies lend community support to schools and teachers.

Reading Buddies help create a positive reading experience and give students extra encouragement.

Extra reading practice with a caring adult builds student confidence and stronger readers!

"A Reading Buddy may be the most stable adult in a child's life." - A Reading Buddy

Contact Jennifer Thompson at 360.943.2773 ext 121