Read to Succeed

United Way Read to Succeed logo.

At the foundation of learning is the ability to read. Help set a child on the path to success.

More than HALF of all third graders aren’t reading at grade level. In fourth grade, students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” If a student isn’t reading at grade level, they fall behind. In fact, they’re four times more likely to drop out. But you have the power to change that.

READING AT GRADE LEVEL

Read to Succeed focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade. Through a partnership with USD 259 – Wichita Public Schools, volunteer reading coaches are matched with at-risk students at local elementary schools. Coaches meet weekly with a student for 30 minutes to listen to them read and provide intervention tactics to help them improve their reading skills. This simple act helps them stay on track in school and life.

Because of the success of the program, we’re testing Read to Succeed in second grade at Gardiner, Franklin and Minneha elementary schools. Our hope is to provide intervention tactics earlier and prevent students from falling further behind.

An adult business man helps a student read a book in the library.

BECOME A COACH

Coaches meet weekly, one-on-one with a student for 30 minutes. Both men and women are invited to be reading coaches. There is no financial commitment to be a coach. Free training is provided. You can pick the school you serve at and the day of the week you want to coach. When you invest your time as a reading coach, you’re investing in the life of a child and the future of our workforce.

Are you interested in serving in the 2024-2025 school year? Sign up today for the 2023-2024 school year.

Check back soon for details!

2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR RESULTS 

The Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
24 Elementary Schools Served
The Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
204 volunteer reading coaches met weekly with 261 second and third grade students
The Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Surpassing Their Peers

On average, Read to Succeed students began the school year reading fewer words per minute compared to non-Read to Succeed students. By the end of the school year, they surpassed their peers.

The Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Excelling in Accuracy

In both grade levels, Read to Succeed students were reading at an average accuracy rate greater than 98%, higher than their peers.

The Read to Succeed initiative focuses on helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Achieving Benchmarks

41% of students achieved the goal to read at the grade level benchmark

PARTNERS

Special thanks to USD 259 – Wichita Public Schools for partnering with United Way for this initiative.

Wichita Public Schools logo.
A volunteer meets with her third grade reading buddy to help her improve her literacy skills.

QUESTIONS?

For more information, contact Heather Deters, United Way Community Impact Manager for Education, at hdeters@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4234.

OUR FOCUS

Our focus is on healtheducationfinancial stability and basic needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Click below to learn more about what we’re doing, the programs we invest in and our lasting impact in each area.