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Every year, ONE in FOUR students fails to graduate from high school on time.

 

United Way of the Big Bend is changing this statistic. Now in its fifth year, ReadingPals is continuing to work to improve the reading skills of students in Gadsden, Leon, Madison, and Taylor Counties.

 

Last year, our ReadingPals volunteers read for 3,600 hours to over 200 students and gifted over 3,000 books!! As a result, more than 70% of our ReadingPals students achieved at least one years’ worth of reading growth from Fall 2015 to Spring 2016.

 

ReadingPals relies on hundreds of volunteers every year to read one-to-one with students who have been identified as struggling readers.

  • Volunteers are matched one-to-one with a child in kindergarten, first, or second grade;
  • Volunteers choose the school and day that best fits their schedule;
  • Volunteers report during the after school setting for one hour a week for 25 weeks;
  • Volunteers utilize a customized reading curriculum created in partnership with the Leon County School District;
  • Volunteers present students with a brand new book to take home every week; and
  • Volunteers receive training from UWBB and the School District (includes required Level II background check and fingerprint screening).

 

For more information and to register to become a ReadingPals volunteer, contact Charlotte Rice at charlotte@uwbb.org or 850-999-6000.

 

 

ReadingPals School Schedule 2016-2017

Leon County:

  1. Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
  2. Astoria Park Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
  3. Conley Elementary School — Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm
  4. Desoto Trail Elementary School — Tuesday 3:45-4:45pm
  5. Fort Braden School — Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm
  6. Hartsfield Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
  7. Hawks Rise Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm
  8. Killearn Lakes Elementary School — Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
  9. John G. Riley Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
  10. Roberts Elementary School — Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm
  11. Ruediger Elementary School — Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
  12. Sabal Palm Elementary School — Wednesday 10:00-11:00am
  13. Sealey Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
  14. Springwood Elementary School — Tuesday/Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm
  15. Woodville Elementary School — Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
  16. WT Moore Elementary School — Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm

 

Gadsden County:

  1. Greensboro Elementary School — Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm
  2. St John Elementary School — Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm

 

Madison County:

  1. Greenville Elementary School — Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm

 

Taylor County:

  1. Perry Primary School — Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm

 

Getting Involved

Interested but aren’t sure you can give a full-time commitment? Here are other ways to get involved with ReadingPals:

  • Be an Alternate– A ReadingPals Alternate serves as a “substitute” when a full-time ReadingPal cannot be there to read with their student. Alternates have the flexibility to go when it fits in their schedule.
  • Deliver books– Each week, ReadingPals students take home a brand new book. We need help getting the books from our office to the different ReadingPals sites.
  • Put sponsor stickers on books– Each take-home book has a personal label that allows the student to write their name in their book, as well as see all the sponsors who make ReadingPals possible. Every book (last year alone we gave out over 3,000 books!) must have a sticker in it! This is a great opportunity for large groups/companies.
  • Assemble holiday and special projects– During special times of the year, students receive small projects/kits as gifts for their hard work (i.e. holidays, end of the year, or just because J). This is another great opportunity for large groups/companies.

 

For more information and to register to become a ReadingPals volunteer, contact Charlotte Rice at charlotte@uwbb.org or 850-999-6000..[/vc_column_text]

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