United Way of Broward County

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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

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