Posted: Sep 8, 2011 5:44 PM by Bill Folsom
Updated: Sep 8, 2011 8:24 PM
There are big goals for this year's United Way Campaign. They want to bring in 5-point-9 million dollars in their fundraising campaign.
Nearly 700-thousand dollars of money raised this year will support a new community impact program called Success by 6. It works with families to make sure kids are ready to learn by the time they hit Kindergarten. Studies show 1 in 4 of our local 3rd graders can't read at their grade level. "Why that's important is because up and through 3rd grade you're learning to read," says Pike Peak United Way President, J.D. Dalliger, "from 3rd grade on you're reading to learn."
United Way partners will be part of this, but the plan is so big, for the first time Pikes Peak United Way will make money available to any agency that can make a difference for these kids. "There are programs in the community that are doing those things, those home visitation/parent education kinds of programs that we haven't tapped into before. So we've invited the best of the best," says Success by 6 Manager, Amber Coté.
Along with early literacy, the program will also work to improve nutrition and health among our local kids.