United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County held an appreciation breakfast to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped make the third year of the ReadingPals program a success. The event took place at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale.
During the breakfast, Kathleen Cannon, president & CEO of United Way of Broward County, thanked the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to building a better Broward County. Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools, thanked the volunteers for staying committed to the youth of Broward County. Author Ty Allen spoke on the importance of early childhood literacy.
During the past school year, volunteers cumulatively contributed more than 4,900 hours to the ReadingPals program and helped more than 300 students across Broward County.
ReadingPals connects volunteer tutors with students in Pre-K through third grade to generate a lifetime love of the written word and to improve reading and comprehension skills to ensure children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The program requires that volunteers dedicate one hour per week for 25 weeks to read to a student or in a small group.
ReadingPals community partners include Children’s Movement of Florida; Broward County Public Schools; Broward County Public Schools Youth Mentoring Program; A.D. Henderson Foundation; and Carol and Barney Barnett.
United Way of Broward County is currently seeking volunteers for the 2015-2016 school year. For information, call 954-453-3742 or email read[email protected]edwaybroward.org.
Wanda Robinson, left, Kathleen Cannon, Robert Runcie, Ty Allen, Stephanie Petrosky and Lori Canning