United Way Looking for More Reading Pals

United Way Reading Pal (2015)
Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-23 23:13:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The United Way of the Big Bend is calling on the community to help young area students.

It's part of the Reading Pals program. Volunteers are matched with a child in kindergarten, first, or second grade. They'll meet with their student once a week for 25 weeks to help get them reading and ready for school. Students are also given a new book each week, so at the end of the session, their home library has 25 new additions!

According to the United Way of the Big Bend, the Reading Pals program uses a curriculum that is already developed and tailored to children's reading needs, and volunteers are trained before they step into the classroom.

Education Strategies Associate Charlotte Rice joined us on WTXL Sunrise to talk about the importance of the Reading Pals program and how to get involved. Click the thumbnail to see the interview.

Reading Pals volunteers are needed for various Leon County schools. The program takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

You can also contact the United Way of the Big Bend for opportunities in Gadsden and Taylor Counties.

For more information and to get signed up, email Charlotte Rice at or click here.