Reading is a critical bridge to success in school, work and life.  Until third grade, children are generally learning to read; by fourth grade, however, they should be reading to learn.  At the fourth grade level, coursework gets harder and reading becomes more challenging.  Students who don't read well have increasing difficulty keeping up- which can lead to bad grades, disengaging from school, and dropping out.

That's why United Way is creating and  leading supportive efforts to help young kids build a strong foundation. 


Our READ UNITED initiative consists of three separate programs:

  • Real Men Read begins every fall.  This program places positive male role models in elementary school classroom to read aloud to their assigned class.
  • Reading Camps begin every January and provide extra one-on-one tutoring and reading practice for elementary students who are falling behind their peers.
  • Spring Into Reading begins every spring.  Women are placed into elementary classrooms to read aloud to children.

For info. on how to volunteer please contact

Michelle Kercher @ Goshen Community Schools:

Amy Haworth @ Elkhart Community Schools: