United Way's Focus on Education

United Way PowerLunch Program

 

United Way partnered with the Whitfield County Schools’ summer lunch program to create the Power Lunch literacy program. Whitfield County Schools’ summer lunch sites provided USDA lunches for students while United Way volunteers passed out books to encourage summer reading. Power Lunch began in June and ended on July 31. We put over 6,093 books in the hands of students and their families to help prevent the summer slide. Power Lunch sites grew from 30 sites to 49 sites in 2021. Volunteers adopted a site and visited it weekly, ensuring that the youth would be able to pick out the books they wanted to take home to read. This program aligns with United Way’s Education strategic guideline to get kids reading at grade level by 3rd grade.

 

 

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.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:

4,137 youth participated in out-of-school programs and/or receive individualized support.

7,131 children and youth received help to graduate from high school 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.