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What is Read United?

The Read United Program aims to promote early childhood literacy, while celebrating the joy of reading. In partnership with Vaden Nissan Hinesville, United Way of the Coastal Empire is closing the literacy gap that exists within low-income households. Through the utility of books, various local schools, businesses, and volunteers are working together as a community to induce a quality education for children throughout the region.

Reading Proficiency

In the state of Georgia, 66% of children are below reading level.

Reading Availability

In the United States, 61% of low-income families do not have any books in their homes.

Reading Goals

The end of 3rd grade marks the time when children should be shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.

Why is Read United so important?

Reading proficiency and literacy are vital to the success of our community. Children with reading difficulties are more likely to experience health and behavioral problems, teen pregnancy, and premature departures from school. In the stages of adulthood, they lack the abilities to sustain employment and lift themselves out of poverty. Through Read United, we seek to increase opportunities for achievement and brighter futures overall.

How will Read United be accomplished?

Originally, the Read United program was called “Read Across Liberty”, servicing students only within Liberty County and Fort Stewart for the past 15 years. Because of the generosity of presenting sponsor, Vaden Nissan Hinesville, and an increase in funding from an anonymous donor and the Landings support of our military children, the program has expanded. We are now able to service students throughout 24 schools in Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty county. This year more than 7,500 books have been distributed to children, ranging from Pre-K to 1st Grade. Children also have access to our online readings, provided by our volunteers.

United Way of the Coastal Empire is bettering our community—one book at a time!

Participating Schools

Frances Meeks Elementary School
Lanier Primary School
McAllister Elementary School
Richmond Hill Primary School
Pembroke Head Start

Blandford Elementary
Ebenezer Elementary
Guyton Elementary
Marlow Elementary
Rincon Elementary
Sandhill Elementary
South Effingham Elementary
Springfield Elementary
Effingham County High School Pre-K
South Effingham High School Pre-K

Button Gwinnett Elementary
Diamond Elementary
Frank Long Elementary
Joseph Martin Elementary
Kessler Elementary
Liberty County Pre K Center
Liberty Elementary
Liberty Head Start
Lyman Hall Elementary
Murray Elementary
Taylors Creek Elementary
United Methodist PreK
Waldo Pafford Elementary

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Sponsored By

Carla’s Furniture Gallery

Downtown Development Authority of Pembroke

The Heritage Bank – Pembroke Branch

Higgins Place

Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems

Lucy Belle Farm

PAC Fiber

Pace Heating and Air

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