Right now, 32% of teens don’t graduate from high school. And one
of the biggest reasons is because they’re not reading at grade
It all starts in third grade.
Kids who don’t read at grade level by end of third grade are 70%
more likely to drop out of high school. The reason? Up through
third grade, kids are learning to read. From fourth grade on,
they’re reading to learn.
Right now, 52% of third-graders aren’t reading at grade level,
according to their STAR Test results, which looks at how well
schools and students are performing.
Solution: United Way’s STAR Readers project
Our goal is to build stronger communities ensuring that
every student in our region will read at grade level by fourth
grade and graduate from high school.
But this challenge is too big for one nonprofit to solve – we
need everyone on board. Here’s how we’re going to accomplish that
goal together: We’re helping kids read at grade level as early as
possible so they will graduate from high school.
We’re working with schools to locate K-3 students with
significant reading challenges and help them read at grade level
by the time they take the STAR Test.
42% of the 663 STAR Readers are now reading at grade level.
Join the movement.
When you invest in United Way’s LIVE UNITED movement through your
donations and your volunteer work, you join hands with our
partners – nonprofits, companies, government bodies, volunteers
and donors – to rebuild our community and give every person the
building blocks for a good life.
If you are interested in joining the group of volunteers on the
Education Impact Council that oversee this project, contact
Ryleigh loves finding a book and seeing what it’s all about. When
asked what this second grader’s favorite book is, she rattles off
“I like reading because you get to go on new adventures and
sometimes they’re animals and sometimes they’re real stories that
actually happened,” Ryleigh said.
The summer before she started first grade, Ryleigh started
attending the Boys & Girls Club of Placer County’s reading
program funded through United Way’s STAR Readers project. She was
reading proficiently, but her mom wanted to make sure she stayed
on track during the long summer months. She worked on letter
naming fluency, sight words, sounding out unfamiliar words, using
Leap Pads to increase her reading competency and reading
one-on-one with volunteers.
United Way California Capital Region wants every student in
Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties to
graduate from high school on time, ready to be a contributing
community member. How do we do this? We focus efforts on helping
students learn to read so they graduate high school. Now there’s
ANOTHER opportunity for you to get involved in making this a
reality in partnership with Reading
Partners, a United Way certified partner.
WOW! Our first STAR Readers Book Drive was a grand success with a
collection of 615 books! Thanks to a final large donation we have
helped local kids reach for the stars! We are so excited and
grateful for the generosity of everyone.
Thank you to our wonderful partners! Barnes & Noble,
Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Public Library. You have each
played a significant role in this success.
The drive benefited United Way’s STAR Readers project that is
helping children across the capital region read at grade level by
fourth grade so they will be more likely to graduate high school.
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