It is critical to help young children be ready for school by working with them to develop their reading and learning skills.
- We believe that education is a building block for a good quality of life, that we all win when a child succeeds in school, and that our country's success tomorrow depends on how well we educate our children today.
- We believe that every child deserves great schools and great teachers, but they alone are not enough.
- We believe it also takes strong families, stable home life, and good health.
- We believe that high school dropouts are years in the making and that early intervention is the key to success. Our vision is that every child will enter school ready to learn, read proficiently by 4th grade, make a successful transition to middle school, and graduate from high school on time.
- We believe in the power of parents, teachers, students, companies, elected officials, and members of the community, working together for the common good. We believe in making choices based on what the research says.
- We believe the time to stand up and LIVE UNITED for Education is now—for our kids, our community, and our country.
Education Funded Partners
Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah
Provides youth development to Cherokee county youth by working to inspire, educate, and empower K-8th graders to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens in a safe and fun environment. www.tahlequahbgca.org (918-456-6888)
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
Girl scouting equips young girls in making better life choices by developing leadership, confidence, and girls of courage through a variety of scouting programs. www.gseok.org (918-683-7738)
Muskogee County Council of Youth Services-MCCOYS
Provides guidance and character-building programs in two United Way funded areas; 1) supervised community experiences for youth and young adults working within the judicial system, and 2) in-school “Lifeskills” training for 6-8th graders at Braggs, Okay & Muskogee Public schools. www.mccys.org (918-682-2841)
Circle of Care - PAL program
Provides a spectrum of transitional living assistance into early adulthood for at-risk high school and college-aged youth through an independent living program to better equip them in making their way into the adult world. (918-456-6166)
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Provides age-appropriate books to children ages 0-5 years of age each month to boost children during the early formative years and put them on a path towards a successful education. www.lakeareaunitedway.org (918-682-1364)
How You Can Help
To reach our goal, we need your help. The strategies proven to work are those that connect communities to their schools: parent involvement; literacy volunteers in the classroom; mentors for disadvantaged students; business leaders engaged in early childhood advocacy. Volunteer to help.