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Peter Beard

By Peter Beard


United Ways Leading National Grade-Level Reading Network

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Reading Proficiency by 3rd Grade is Essential

When we think of the importance of reading, we may not immediately think of high school graduation. The fact is, 96% of kids who read well by 3rd grade will graduate high school. That sounds promising, right? But one in three American fourth graders score below “basic” in the nation’s only national assessment of reading. That means one in three fourth graders can barely read. Not good. More

10/03/12

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


What Would Gandhi Say?

October 2nd is a national holiday in India commemorating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It may have another designation soon, as Indian business, government and nonprofit leaders recently signed a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee to establish October 2nd as "National Volunteering Day".  These leaders recognize that India’s future depends on volunteers, whose time, minds and muscles can speed the pace of development in their country of more than one billion people.

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10/01/12

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Let’s Play

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Born Learning Trail

“Education.” Many of us automatically think “school” when we hear that word. But learning happens everywhere, especially for young children. And in our effort to cut the number of high school drop outs in half, United Way supports early childhood learning in diverse ways: through reading programs, book drives of course, but also in parks and on playgrounds. More

09/27/12

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Lindsay Torrico

By Lindsay Torrico


Join the #KidsWin Rally and Help Reengage Disconnected Youth

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As the school year begins, we are reminded of the millions of young people who will not head back to the classroom this fall. There are an estimated 6.7 million youth between ages 16 to 24 that are disconnected from both school and work - of which 3.4 million are defined as being “chronic” having no attachment to school or the labor market since the age of 16. More

09/24/12

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Jason Bethke

By Jason Bethke


Become an American Graduate Champion, Volunteer

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American Graduate Day Partners

Kids need more than homework help to get through school successfully. Students only spend 20% of their waking hours in the classroom, so helping them succeed must come from outside. PBS and United Way are teamed up for American Graduate Day to bring a volunteer community into the other %80. More

09/22/12

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