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LEARN WELL

Our Education Initiative

OUR LEARN WELL INITIATIVE

We’re investing in our youth and their education from infancy to adulthood. WE DO THIS BY:

  • Helping preschoolers prepare for kindergarten
  • Helping elementary children improve their reading
  • Helping middle schoolers discover & follow their career goals
  • Preparing high school students for careers or further studies

Did You Know?

Children who don’t read well by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of school. Middle school students who are held back are seven times more likely to drop out. A high school dropout earns $260,000 less in a lifetime than someone with a diploma.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PROGRAMS WE ARE USING TO COMBAT THESE STATISTICS BELOW

DOLLY PARTON'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY

United Way partners with this national program to mail age-appropriate books monthly to children from birth to age 5 in their homes to encourage a love of reading. Over 100,000 free books have been distributed locally since United Way brought the program to Tarrant County in 2008.

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I love books and helping kids and I believe that helping kids to read gives them a great start in life.Dolly Parton

GO CENTERS

GO Centers at Fort Worth ISD middle schools and 6th grade centers provide internet research, college field trips, Career Days and other activities to help students explore college and career options and aspire to a future many didn’t think possible.

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Reading Oasis

United Way of Tarrant County has installed 12 Reading Oases, specialized areas in schools designated to the children and their parents to experience the joys of reading. Each space includes new books, bean bag chairs, a listening library with books on CD, access to books online and a colorful carpet that says “TIME TO READ”. Our partnership with United Way’s Club Connect national program also provides families with access to books online and free coupons for household items.

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WILD ABOUT READING

“Wild about Reading” is an annual event where free books and celebrity readers promote the importance of reading for school success. Hundreds of children attend and receive thousands of free books to build home libraries.

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