Read to SucceedAccording to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, nearly 15% of American adults cannot read--that’s 32 million adults. It’s our hope to combat this by encouraging a love for reading and cultivating comprehension skills early.

The Read to Succeed Program is a structured reading program for kindergarten through fourth grade students that develops or enhances basic reading skills. United Way of Southeast Missouri is particularly focused on developing community resources in support of education, particularly literacy education among children. The Read to Succeed Program has successfully acquired a strong volunteer base that maintains the program. The community support has been exceptional, allowing the program to expand to four elementary public elementary schools in Cape Girardeau and one in Scott City.

A maximum of 24 students are selected by principals and teachers to participate in the program each semester. Read to Succeed volunteers read with one of these students one-on-one for 30 minutes four days a week. Volunteers are asked to make a weekly commitment of at least 30 minutes. The first semester of the program begins in September and ends mid-November. The second semester begins late January or early February and runs into mid-April. Each school operates their reading program on a specific time schedule, and volunteers may select the times that fit their schedule.

The focus of the reading program is to accelerate the average student’s reading level by one grade level and to bring struggling students to grade level by the end of the year. The program continues to meet its goals year after year with some exceptional success stories. The Read to Succeed Program is committed to building relationships with students and providing the encouragement needed to become successful readers and community members.

For more information on the Read to Succeed program, and to learn how you can get involved, contact Robin Koetting, 573.334.9634, or fill out our volunteer interest form. Find the most current schedule here.

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