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United Way seeking ReadingPals volunteers

By Staff | Jul 24, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED ReadingPals volunteer Sherry Stokes reads to two students.

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee is recruiting volunteers for the United Way ReadingPals program to read to 4 and 5-year-olds at 19 school sites in Lee and Hendry counties.

ReadingPals offers volunteers opportunities to build meaningful relationships with young children while helping them improve their social-emotional development and early literacy skills.

The literacy program requires a commitment of one hour a week during the school year. During this time, Pals are matched with pairs of pre-kindergarten or kindergarten age youth who need extra help. Pals build a meaningful relationship by providing the individual attention many kids need to thrive.

Volunteers are needed in all areas of the community.

The schools in Lee County are: Bonita Springs Elementary, Hector Cafferata Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Elementary, Cape Child Development Center, Colonial Elementary, The Early Childhood Center, Health Park Child Development Center, J. Colin English Elementary, GLAD Kids, Lee Memorial Child Development Center, New Horizons Afterschool in Estero, Orangewood Elementary, Orange River Elementary, Pinewoods Elementary, Sunshine Elementary and Villas.

The program is supported by the Children’s Movement of Florida.

To sign up, go to www.UnitedWayLee.org/Volunteer/ReadingPals.

For more information, contact Nancy Coker at NancyC@UnitedWayLee.org or 239-433-7544.