READ Across America
A child’s ability to read has a direct effect on their future success. Reading with children helps increase their vocabulary and improves their reading fluency and comprehension.
On Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Thursday, March 2, volunteers across the country joined students in classrooms to read his beloved book, What Pet Should I Get?. This included over 120 volunteers and 1,600 students throughout Hartford, East Hartford and New Britain.
What is Read Across America?
The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
How is United Way of Northwest Louisiana involved?
As a participant in Read Across America, United Way of Northwest Louisiana is spreading awareness about the importance of early literacy. Through book distributions, reading interventions and much more, UWNWLA is an advocate for the power of a book. Our key initiative to fight for the youth of our community is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Why it Matters in NWLA
In Northwest Louisiana, 49% of kindergarteners are unprepared, and 34% of third graders are scoring below grade level. We have a commitment to fight against the education gap in Northwest Louisiana.