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Support United Way on North Texas Giving Day 2014

Donate to United Way of Tarrant County online Sept. 18 during North Texas Giving Day, and you’ll help low-income students improve or maintain their reading skills over the summer months next year.

Our goal on North Texas Giving Day is to raise $150,000 to underwrite “5,000 Days of Summer.” That’s 50 days of crucial summer reading support for 100 children in first through third grades who will be at risk of losing ground academically when they are out of school next summer. Here’s the impact you will make:
$30 = helping a child for a day
$150 = helping a child for a week
$1,500 = helping a child for the entire summer

Make Your Donation Go Further
Donations of $25 and above given online at www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes. To contribute to United Way’s “5,000 Days of Summer” program, just go to http://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/united-way-of-tarrant-county Sept. 18 and donate to United Way between 6 a.m. and midnight.

North Texas Giving Day Rally
Be sure to stop by United Way’s booth between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Tarrant County North Texas Giving Day Rally in Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth. There you can learn more about United Way’s education, income and health work and have your photo taken to be used on giant digital billboards that are part of our “YOUnited Way” campaign. The rally will include remarks by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price at 10:15 a.m., free breakfast and entertainment. Free parking will be available for the first 200 cars in the lot at 3rd and Calhoun.

More About “5,000 Days of Summer”
“5,000 Days of Summer” is the summer reading complement to United Way’s reading proficiency intervention program for low-performing, low-income students during the school year. During the full-day, 10-week summer program, students will enjoy fun, research-based language and literacy activities based on their reading levels. Parents or caregivers will learn how to read to children and encourage reading.

Early grade reading success is one of the strategies United Way uses to increase the number of on-time high school graduations among local students who are at risk of dropping out. Students who are not proficient readers in the early grades do not typically catch up later, and falling behind is clearly linked to students dropping out of high school.