We firmly believe there is no better investment than education, the foundation for success in life. We see education as a community responsibility, which truly “takes a village.” Our students need an entire team of supporters–parents, teachers and caring adults–to help them succeed in school and in life. And our collaborative efforts are yielding impressive results.

In the last ten years we have worked with our network of partners on an education coalition to raise the graduate rate in the Cape Girardeau Public Schools by 21%. Children who participate in Read to Succeed possess reading proficiency equal to or greater than the class average. Students involved in our after-school programs and mentoring partnerships demonstrate improved Attendance, Behavior and Course work as tracked by ABC Today through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Through the Community Impact Agenda, United Way of Southeast Missouri invests in education at every stage. We impact early learning for children ages 0 to 3 through Educare; we focus on early grade literacy to ensure kids can read at grade level by third grade through Read to Succeed; and we intervene in middle and high school through innovative programs that provide mentoring and help feed hungry kids so they can focus on learning. All of these efforts are in place to make sure our students graduate, while providing exposure to higher education and career development. When students recognize they have a support team encouraging them to achieve, they work harder to succeed.

Our work is life-changing, and our kids are counting on it.


Learn more about our focus on Education:
2017 IMPACT Report

Partner Agencies

4H of Bollinger County

 Big Brothers Big Sisters + ABC Today

 Boy Scouts

 Boys & Girls Club

 Cape Girardeau Public Schools


Emergency Student Funds in area public schools

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Meadow Heights Backpack Program

Read to Succeed

 The Salvation Army

 Voices for Children (CASA)

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