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GRADE-LEVEL READING

LITERACY IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT.

Knowing how to read is something most of us take for granted. But the truth is, many children in Delaware and Salem County (NJ) don’t read well. And as they get older, this can cause them to disconnect from learning altogether. At UWDE, our goal is to ensure every child reads on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. That way all students have opportunities to succeed, no matter who they are or where they live.

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75% of Wilmington's Third Graders Read Below Grade-Level

In 2019, the Delaware Department of Education reported that state test scores showed 75% of Wilmington’s 3rd graders were not reading on grade level.

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Struggling Readers are 4x More Likely to Drop out of School

Students who are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are 4X more likely to drop out of school. If they are living in poverty, they are 13X more likely to drop out.

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Lower Earning Potential. More Trouble With the Law.

Compared to graduates, teens who don’t graduate from high school earn on average $500,000 less over their lifetime than those that stay in school. They are also more likely to get into trouble with the law.

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IN DELAWARE & SALEM COUNTY (NJ)

Education, particularly education before age 5, is critical to our long-term success. Alongside our partners, United Way of Delaware works to give young readers in Delaware and Salem County (NJ) resources so they get the best start possible. Every child deserves that chance. Every child deserves to love reading. Join us as we fight for our children’s future.

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THE TEAM

Our team is on a mission to help children, teens, and adults develop a life-long love for reading. If you have questions or would like to learn how you can help, please contact us today. 

Michelle Shavitz - United Way of Delaware
Michelle Shavitz

Student Success

Regina Sideny-Brown - UWDE
Regina Sidney-Brown

Director, Delaware Afterschool Network

Ken Livingston - UWDE
Ken Livingston

Director, Get Delaware Reading

Michelle Loatman - Director, 21st Century Programs - United Way of Delaware
Michelle Loatman

Director, 21st Century Programs

Erin Brenner, United Way of Delaware
Erin Brenner

Coordinator, Community Outreach

Orrin White - UWDE
Angie Cright

Coordinator, Community Outreach

Meet the team

Michelle Shavitz - United Way of Delaware
Michelle Shavitz

Student Success

Regina Sideny-Brown - UWDE
Regina Sidney-Brown

Director, Delaware Afterschool Network

Ken Livingston - UWDE
Ken Livingston

Director, Get Delaware Reading

Michelle Loatman - Director, 21st Century Programs - United Way of Delaware
Michelle Loatman

Director, 21st Century Programs

Orrin White - UWDE
Erin Brenner

Coordinator, Community Outreach

Orrin White - UWDE
Angie Cright

Coordinator, Community Outreach

HELP OUR STUDENTS BECOME EXCELLENT READERS.

We need you.

GIVE, ADVOCATE, or VOLUNTEER today to do your part.