From kindergarten through third grade, students are learning to read.
But after third grade, they must read to learn.
Once they fall behind, it’s nearly impossible to catch up.
Power Read is a literacy and mentoring program that pairs volunteers and elementary school students to read together on a weekly basis. Everybody Wins! Iowa and United Way of Central Iowa are partnering to provide reading and mentoring experiences to children who might not have one-on-one attention from an adult.
Power Read’s ultimate goal? To increase children’s chances of success in school and in life.
By sharing just 30 minutes a week of your time, you can change a child's future!
The majority of students served by Power Read are struggling readers facing many barriers and may come from homes where English is not the primary language spoken. Power Read is an opportunity for these students to practice reading and develop literacy skills with a caring adult outside the classroom.
low-income households hear 30,000,000
(that's not a typo... 30 million!)
fewer words by age 3 than their middle-class peers.
Power Read and the READ to SUCCEED campaign are two key initiatives meant to help the community achieve United Way of Central Iowa's education goals for the year 2020.