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National Make a Difference Day is Saturday, but United Way of Fayette County has been quietly recognizing this national day of doing good in the classrooms for the past week. Setting its sights on one of its main focus areas - education - United Way gathered up over 30 volunteers to read to children at local schools.
"One of United Way’s national goals is readiness to achieve in school. Studies have shown that a third grader who can’t read on grade level is four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than a proficient reader," said United Way director, Whitney Gentry, "so we thought this would be a great project for Make a Difference Day."
Volunteers came in the form of concerned citizens, retired teachers, and personnel from local government and businesses who allowed their employees to take time from work to assist the students at Belle Aire Intermediate School, Cherry Hill Primary School, Head Start, and Miami Trace Elementary.
Activities ranged from reading a book to the entire class to one-on-one help with spelling words. "The volunteers have had nothing but positive things to say about their experience. They really enjoyed working with the children. My hope is that people will see how easy, fun and rewarding it is to spend some time helping a child and the schools will have a constant supply of volunteers to help the kids," said Gentry.
"We greatly appreciate the volunteers who readily came forward to assist the students and wish to thank the schools for assisting with National Make a Difference Day."