United Way of Broward County and Broward County Public Schools will continue the ReadingPals program in a virtual capacity. The program is designed to improve students’ reading skills and to provide mentorship throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The organization is seeking 300 volunteers to make the ReadingPals program a success.
ReadingPals volunteers work with students in pre-kindergarten through second grade to instill a love reading and to improve comprehension skills to ensure children are reading at grade level. The program requires that volunteers dedicate one hour per week for 25 weeks during the school year to read to an individual student or in a small group. This year, the program will be held completely virtually.
“It is our hope that since people are working from home or are just home, they now have the time to volunteer to help students read” said Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “It’s a wonderful way to support our local children and parents. We anticipate more volunteers joining the program this year to help.”
A virtual volunteer information session and training will take place on October 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To become a volunteer, please contact Kristen Lewis at (954) 453-3742 or klewis@UnitedWayBroward.org.
ReadingPals community partners include The Children’s Movement of Florida, The A.D. Henderson Foundation, Broward County Public Schools, Broward Reads Coalition, Carol and Barney Barnett, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, City of Deerfield Beach, City of Margate, City of Miramar, City of Hollywood, The Hartford, The Howard Greenfield Charitable Foundation, PNC Bank, and Youth Mentoring Foundation.