Oct 1, 2013 11:17 AM by MELISSA CANONE

United Way recruiting volunteers to read to students

United Way of Acadiana is recruiting volunteers to provide extra reading practice for local elementary school students.

In conjunction with classroom teachers, United Way Readers are paired with first- or second-grade students to provide reading practice for up to one hour per week for a 10-week period, help to ensure children read at grade level. Training opportunities are provided for volunteers.

"United Way of Acadiana is working hard to ensure children in our service area graduate high school on time," said Keler Williams, director of volunteer mobilization. "When students miss an opportunity to read at grade level by fourth grade, they are four times more likely to not graduate on time. United Way Readers make a difference by helping to put students on the path toward academic success."

There are currently 341 United Way Readers working with 449 students in 21 schools in Acadia, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes.

Trainings to become a United Way Reader will be held at the following times and locations:

Acadia Parish: Oct. 16, 2-3 p.m. at the Acadia Parish School Board office's media meeting room, 2402 N. Parkerson Ave, Crowley.

Lafayette Parish: Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m. at the United Way of Acadiana office, 215 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette.

St. Martin Parish: Oct. 17, 9-10:30 a.m. at The Early Learning Center, 1004 S. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Martinville.

Additional training dates will be offered.

For more information about United Way Readers or to register for a training, go to or contact Chelsey Roberie, senior volunteer mobilization coordinator, at 337-706-1226 or




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