United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is recruiting volunteers for the United Way ReadingPals program to read to four and five-year-olds at sixteen school sites in Lee and Hendry Counties. Reading Pals help build a strong foundation for literacy and a love of reading in young children.
Children who are read to are more likely to become good readers. Children who read at grade level by the third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school.
The ReadingPals literacy program requires a commitment of only one hour a week during the school year. During this time pals are matched with pairs of Pre-K and Kindergarten age children who need extra help. Pals build a meaningful relationship by providing the individual attention many kids need to thrive.
Volunteers are needed in all areas of the community, particularly in Lehigh Acres and Central Fort Myers. The schools in Lee County are: Bonita Elementary, Cafferata Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Elementary, Colonial Elementary, The Early Childhood Center, J. Colin English Elementary, Gladiolus Child Development, New Horizons Afterschool in Estero, Orangewood Elementary, Orange River Elementary, Pinewoods Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, and Villas Elementary. In Hendry County ReadingPals volunteer at Krome Child Development or Children’s Garden in LaBelle and Harlem Academy in Clewiston.