Every student in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo
counties will graduate from high school on time, ready to be a
contributing community member.
32% don’t start high school or graduate
There are a lot of reasons, but inability to read is a major
Kids who don’t read at grade level by the end of third grade
are 70% more likely to eventually drop out.
In our region, 52% of third grade students do not score
“proficient” on the year-end STAR test.
56 percent of fourth grade students in our region do not read
at grade level.
70 percent of inmates in American prisons cannot read above a
fourth grade level.
Children entering school who have not developed basic
literacy skills are three to four times more likely to drop out
in later years
United Way’s Project: STAR Readers
We use your gifts to fund nonprofits in five counties to work
with schools, locate K-3 students with significant reading
challenges and help those kids read at grade level by the time
they take the START test.
42% of the 663 kids in the project now read at grade level; all
were at least two benchmarks below grade level when they started
a year ago.
United Way’s partners for success
Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources
Boys & Girls Club of Auburn
Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento
New Morning Youth and Family Services
Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
Yolo County Children’s Alliance/Davis Bridge Foundation
You can help
All donations will help kids learn to read. For $60 a month, you
can help one child become a proficient reader.
Volunteer with a STAR Readers nonprofit partner.
Join the United Way Education Impact Council.
Become an early literacy assessment volunteer.
Hold a back-to-school supplies or book drive.
Read to a child every day.
If you are interested in joining the group of volunteers on the
Education Impact Council that oversee this project, contact
Come join the Collaborative on Wednesday, June 19 to hear
directly from local high schools successfully increasing their
graduation rates. The Education Collaborative will meet from
2 – 4 p.m. at San Juan Unified School District, 3738
Walnut Avenue, Carmichael 95608 in the Board room. You
will also get an update on the work the Collaborative is doing
around mentoring, school supplies and bringing other resources to
our schools. More information to follow.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of
them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky
Last Friday over 660 children were given a great gift, a brand
new book! For the past couple of weeks, United Way with
support from the Sacramento Bee, Barnes and Noble, KVIE and the
Sacramento Library have conducted a book drive to support our
Star Readers Program.
Over 50% of the student’s in our region will not pass their third
grade reading proficiency test. This will only lead to many
of these children later struggling in school, as they lack the
foundation on which all academic skills are built.
Most school subjects taught are based on a simple concept – Read,
Synthesize, Analyze, and Process information. Without the help of
our donors and corporate sponsors, the students in the Star Readers project would fall farther and
farther behind their peers who are reading at grade level.
Not only will the over 660 students in the Star Readers project
enjoy the simple pleasure of reading a book of their very
own, with the support of our funded nonprofit agencies we
will be one step closer to reaching our goal of children reading
at grade level in 4th grade and beyond. Thank you to
everyone who helped share the gift of reading by donating
to the STAR Readers Book Drive.
You’ve helped 660 local kids reach for the stars through the 2nd
Annual STAR Readers Book Drive! The drive benefits 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.
See the flyer!
”Funders love the outcome driven nature of the STAR Readers
program and it has proved to be a great leveraging tool for our
organization,” said Sean McCartney, executive director,The Boys
and Girls Club of Western Slope.
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.
Staff referred Madison to United
Way’s STAR Readers project, through which the club is a
funded partner. STAR Readers partners work with children in
kindergarten through third grade to ensure they are reading at
grade level by fourth grade, a key indicator of high school
Jacqueline has always been a shining example – enthusiastic,
outgoing, well-behaved and completes her assignments. But the
third-grader at Maple Elementary School in South Sacramento
struggled with reading fluency and comprehension in a
predominantly Spanish-speaking family living in a low-income
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.
On June 17, nearly 150 guests including teachers,
administrators, nonprofits, community organizations, parents and
concerned citizens from Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and
Yolo counties joined together in Sacramento to learn first-hand
about the Education Collaborative’s vision and goals. The event
was quite a success with speakers giving great insight
into improving the future of education
and breakout groups of students and adults engaging
in discussion topics and tasks.
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