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United Way seeking ReadingPals

August 10, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee is recruiting volunteers for the United Way ReadingPals program to read to 4 and 5-year-olds at 17 school sites in Lee and Hendry Counties. Volunteers are needed at two Cape Coral schools: Hector Cafferata Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School.

Children who are read to are more likely to become good readers. Children who read at grade level by the third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

The ReadingPals literacy program requires a commitment of only one hour a week during the school year. During this time Pals are matched with pairs of Pre-K or Kindergarten age children who need extra help. Pals build a meaningful relationship by providing the individual attention many kids need to thrive.

Volunteers are needed in all areas of the community. The schools in Lee County are: Bonita Springs Elementary, Hector Cafferata Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Elementary, Colonial Elementary, The Early Childhood Center, J. Colin English Elementary, Gladiolus Child Development, New Horizons Afterschool in Estero, Orangewood Elementary, Orange River Elementary, Pinewoods Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, Villas Elementary, and HealthPark Child Development Center. In Hendry County ReadingPals volunteer at Krome Child Development, Children's Garden in LaBelle, and Harlem Academy in Clewiston.

The program is supported by the Children's Movement of Florida and Publix Charities. To learn more, contact Nancy Coker at or 239-433-7544. To sign up, go to

ReadingPals is a program of the United Way Volunteer Center. The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. You can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling 239-433-7567, or by visiting the United Way website at



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