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United Way hosts discussion on I READ program

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Volunteers met Wednesday to evaluate the area's largest children's literacy mentoring program.

United Way of Rock River Valley's I READ program pairs kindergarten students with volunteers who help the kids to read proficiently before the fourth grade. About 500 kindergarten and first grade students at 14 schools in the Rockford and Harlem districts were paired with mentors in the program's second year.

The meeting held Wednesday allowed United Way to hear from volunteers, evaluate the program, and begin planning for next year.

"We have some literacy issues in this community," United Way of Rock River Valley volunteer Anna Kaye said. "We know that if a child is unable to read proficiently by the third grade, they are eight times less likely to graduate high school."

To learn more about United Way and the I READ program, visit www.unitedwayrrv.org.

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