United Way of the Midlands’ fight to unite people and resources is made possible by you. United Way of the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) is our gateway to improving the quality of life for children right here in the Midlands.
According to Reading is Fundamental, in South Carolina, “Sixty-eight percent of fourth grade students are not reading at the proficient level,” so we’re making efforts to alter these statistics. With the help of volunteers giving 30 minutes of their week to tutor students or read to a classroom, MRC is able to assist pre-kindergarten to second grade students not reading on grade level.
“A.C. Moore’s partnership with United Way of the Midlands’ Reading Consortium (MRC) provides weekly reading and social emotional support to our students who need it most,” Wendee Evering, Assistant Principal of A.C. Moore Elementary School, said. “Our first and second grade students, who are each paired with a dedicated MRC tutor, develop important literacy skills and strategies, much needed confidence and a greater love of reading. We are so very thankful for this invaluable partnership!”
Also, our Be a Book Bunny initiative gives children the opportunity to continue reading at home and throughout the summer, as they’re supplied with literacy bags.
“It’s been amazing to see the way our Midlands community has rallied around the Be a Book Bunny program,” said Lindsay Minnema, UWM’s Project Manager for the President and MRC volunteer. “In just four years, we’ve doubled the number of kids we serve. This year, we’ll be sending home eight books to over 1,000 students to add to their home libraries. It’s a simple, tangible way to meet a need that makes a lasting impact on young kids in our community.”
Early Giving is now open! Visit our Midlands Gives site to help us reach our goal of $20,000 and to learn more about how you can be the person who helps over 1,000 students in the area improve their literacy skills.