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United Way's Focus on Education


Meet Aaron!


Aaron is a student at Murray County High School and is actively involved in Murray County 4-H.

Aaron began his journey with 4-H a few years ago. After his mother passed away, Aaron was adopted by his aunt and uncle.

His aunt, Melinda, was involved in 4-H when she was in school and firmly believes it positively impacts the lives of children. She encouraged Aaron, and all of her nephews, to join 4-H.

Thanks to United Way, Aaron was able to attend summer camp along with several of his peers. He was able to meet kids from all over our area and grow in his leadership development skills.

Aaron served as president of the Junior Board where he conducts meetings, helps plan the conference at Rock Eagle (the annual 4-H summer camp) and utilizes his public speaking.

United Way enables teens, like Aaron, to have life-changing experiences at summer camp where they can learn, have fun, and grow as leaders!


A United Way gift of $5 per week provides youth with one day of after school care and mentoring.


Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

3,995 youth received job skills training.

4,307 youth participated in after school care and mentoring programs.

Education Strategic Guideline: Get kids ready for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and graduating on time with skills to be career and life-ready.


Your gift to United Way will:

Enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics.

Provide mentoring, safe places to play, tutoring, and leadership development.

Keep youth on track for school, work, and life.

Prevent child abuse.