Thanks to the generosity of donors to NBC’s Red Nose Day telethon last May, several United Ways across the country are giving kids an even better shot at success by adopting 10 schools through United Way Club Connect®.
United Way Club Connect provides donors with the opportunity to adopt a Title One elementary school, where many children come from low-income families. Adopted schools enjoy the following benefits:
- A Scholastic Reading Oasis. Through the Red Nose Day grant, adopted schools received 1,000 books and a comfortable, inviting space for children to read in throughout the year.
- Access to an online website engaging children in a variety of reading activities 365 days a year.
- Parent engagement, including emails and corporate incentive programs to reach parents and increase their involvement in their child’s reading.
Research tells us that children who can read proficiently by third grade are much more likely to successfully graduate high school. That’s why United Way Club Connect is such a game changer for schools like Lake Otis Elementary, one of the 10 schools adopted by donors through Red Nose Day. Lake Otis is extremely diverse, and 25 percent of students have limited English proficiency. Last year, only 28.9 percent of Lake Otis students tested as “meeting the standards” in English Language Arts, compared to a district average of 39 percent.
United Way Club Connect is part of a broader effort to increase Anchorage’s graduation rate from 80 to 90 percent by 2020. United Way volunteers also tutor students and help with homework. Providing children with greater access to books, as well as a supportive environment where they can read, will help ensure they don’t fall behind. In fact, having regular access to a large book collection and a reading role model has a greater impact on a child’s reading frequency than household income. Reading frequency translates to reading fluency, the main ingredient in school success—not just in the early grades, but throughout a child’s academic career.
Altogether, generous individual and corporate donors have adopted 87 schools in 15 states in 2015 and 2016. They donated more than 43,500 books and impacted the lives of 46,000 students. We thank Comic Relief/Walgreen for including us in this initiative, as well as all of the Red Nose Day donors for helping bring these much-needed resources to 10 more schools.
The 10 selected schools include:
- Pittsburgh Grandview Elementary – Pittsburgh, PA (United Way of Allegheny County)
- Lake Otis Elementary – Anchorage, AK (United Way of Anchorage)
- Herman Leimbach Elementary – Sacramento, CA (United Way of California Capital Region)
- Old Mill Pond Elementary – Palmer, MA (United Way of Pioneer Valley)
- Guadalupe Elementary – Sale Lake City, UT (United Way of Salt Lake)
- Linton Elementary – San Antonio, TX (United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County)
- Maryland Elementary – Vista, CA (United Way of San Diego County)
- Ridgeway R-V Elementary – Ridgeway, MO (United Way of Wapello County)
- Marvin Elementary – (United Way of West Ellis County)
- Schupmann Elementary - (United Way of West Ellis County)
Visit United Way to learn more about United Way Club Connect.