Bradenton elementary school student Yatziry C. ranks one out-of-school activity above all others: time at United Way Suncoast’s La Mirada Reading Room.
The Reading Room at La Mirada opened in 2017. A second Reading Room, located at Bradenton Village, opened in June 2021.
At La Mirada, afterschool tutoring is provided for students in grades K-3 three days a week. Additionally, the site hosts an annual six-week summer reading camp. Both sites offer guided play sessions for children under five and their parents. Take home learning kits are given out to extend the learning beyond the Reading Room.
Yatziry joined the reading room in January of this year, participated in the United Way Summer Reading Camp and now attends afterschool tutoring and enrichment. “This is the place that most helps me with all my struggles,” Yatziry says with an engaging smile.
Now in second grade, she thrives at Oneco Elementary, one of the schools in The Big Plan, a collaborative effort to raise reading scores in Manatee County. Her parents also learn about social services at the reading room so they can bring greater financial stability to the family.
At United Way Suncoast, the reading room represents just one of our multiple investments aimed at helping students read on level by the end of third grade. Studies show students who reach this stage are more likely to graduate from high school and be productive members of society. With an economic system built on a foundation of reading, United Way Suncoast solidifies the community’s future when we create learning opportunities for students like Yatziry.
With your help, we’re giving students across the region the support they need to achieve success in school. Because students who can’t read on grade-level deal with crisis every day of the year.
Donate today, and help us give more students like Yatziry the opportunity to reach their full potential in 2022 and beyond.
United We Rise. United We Win.