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.
In the state of Georgia, 66% of children are below reading level.
In the United States, 61% of low-income families do not have any books in their homes.
The end of 3rd grade marks the time when children should be shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.
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!
Frances Meeks Elementary School
Lanier Primary School
McAllister Elementary School
Richmond Hill Primary School
Pembroke Head Start
South Effingham Elementary
Effingham County High School Pre-K
South Effingham High School Pre-K
Button Gwinnett Elementary
Frank Long Elementary
Joseph Martin Elementary
Liberty County Pre K Center
Liberty Head Start
Lyman Hall Elementary
Taylors Creek Elementary
United Methodist PreK
Waldo Pafford Elementary