Rotary Club of East Manatee Gives to Reading Pals

Spring Break may only last a week, but that’s still long enough for students to suffer learning loss. The best way to prevent this skill slide is with age-appropriate reading activities. For some busy families, this may not be an option.  

But thanks to the Spring Break literacy kits provided by the Rotary Club of East Manatee, 100 children gained access to books, word-making materials (cookie sheets, magnetic letters, crayons, pencils, a coloring notebook, scissors), and activities to promote learning throughout the break and beyond. The literacy kits were distributed to five of the United Way Suncoast Reading Pals classrooms in the Palmetto area, along with the fifteen classrooms in Manatee. During the school year, Reading Pals volunteers meet with students for one hour a week to promote reading and a love of literacy through games and other reading activities.)

United Way Suncoast collaborates with local organizations and provides educational resources for all breaks (fall, winter, spring, and summer) to ensure our families have the tools necessary to promote grade-level reading in the home

Students who are reading at grade level by 4th grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school on time. Our Reading Pals program operated in Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties.

To learn more about Reading Pals or to volunteer, go to