Education

Education Goal by 2022




Third grade reading is directly linked to high school graduation rates

Why Our Mission Matters


 
  • Children who start behind stay behind.
  • Seven out of 10 children in the Lehigh Valley are not ready for kindergarten.

How Education Investments Make an Impact

We provide educational programming and support for children beginning early in life to prepare them for high school graduation and beyond. 

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. Third grade is the critical year when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. That’s why third grade reading scores are so important. And teens who finish high school are more likely to stay out of trouble, add to our local economy, and pursue higher education, laying the foundation for a stronger, healthier Lehigh Valley. Bottom line: Kids are our best investment for our future, creating long-lasting change for generations to come.

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United Way Community Schools

Supporting kids along their path from birth to highschool graduation.
LIVE UNITED Story
Mya's favorite part of the program is working with the teachers Mya has been coming to Make Your M.A.R.K.™ for three years. Her favorite part of the program is completing reading assignments and working with the teachers. She believes the program has helped her in school, and she likes to learn and have fun within the program. Mya wished Make Your M.A.R.K. ™ would go longer and she will miss it! – Mya
Allentown
Make Your M.A.R.K.™, Participant
Agency: Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Inc.
United Way Funded Program: Make Your M.A.R.K.™

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