Feb 18, 2013 1:38 PM by Blair Blanchard

Volunteers Needed to Offer Reading Practice to 1st & 2nd Graders

The United Way of Acadiana is looking for volunteers to help local first-grade and second-grade students improve reading scores. Last year, the program helped nearly 80 percent of the students involved to improve their overall reading scores.

"We at United Way of Acadiana know that children learn to read in the early-grade years so they can read to learn throughout the rest of their lives," said Keler Williams, director of volunteer mobilization. "Our United Way Readers in Lafayette, Acadia and St. Martin parishes provide much-needed reading practice time in conjunction with classroom teachers, helping to put students on a path toward academic success."

Volunteers can sign up to become a United Way Reader at Training sessions will take place in St. Martin Parish at 2 p.m., Feb 21, 2013, at The Early Learning Center. For more information about becoming a United Way Reader or to register for a training, go to and click EDUCATION.


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