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Schwan Kicks Off Campaign October-31-2014
Thank you to Schwan for a fantastic United Way campaign kick off this week! 

We appreciate your employees engagement both during the campaign and through volunteer efforts throughout
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Wells Fargo Invests in United Way of Southwest Minnesota October-29-2014
Wells Fargo Bank is a strong supporter of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. Employees contributed $2,191.00 through payroll pledges/donations and Wells Fargo made an additional investment of $3,7
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Duke Energy Canby Thermometer October-29-2014
Thermometers measuring campaign progress are located both indoors and outdoors throughout our service area. Volunteers help us maintain them throughout the campaign.   Special thanks to the tea
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A Record Setting Day October-23-2014
More than 100 volunteers across Southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record this week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota locally coordinated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, agai
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Trick-or-Canning to Benefit Area Food Shelves & Hunger Relief Efforts in Southwest Minnesota October-22-2014
The SMSU Student Social Work Association (SSWA) students will go Trick-Or-Canning throughout Marshall on Halloween to benefit area food shelves. The concept is the same as Trick-Or-Treating although t
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- Early Literacy Important Every Day of the Year

Educators and policymakers of all stripes have put on their Cat-in-the-Hat hats and read to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday. The United Way System, in partnership with the National Education Association and teachers everywhere, is proud to celebrate Read Across America. It's a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year.

Across the country, two-thirds of our 3rd graders aren't reading on grade level, which means they're four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. And the outlook is even worse for disadvantaged students. A staggering 83% of 4th graders from low-income families don't read on grade level.

We all want opportunity for our children. But kids who don't read well by 3rd or 4th grade tend to fall farther behind, as they start reading to learn. Too many check out, drop out and fail to reach their potential. It's no exaggeration to say that helping kids read well can help us close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates, support our local economy and build a strong community.

Families, schools and communities have to work together. We have the power to change our nation's future if we work together to help struggling readers in elementary school. Teachers can't do it alone. Families may not know exactly what to do to help their child read, or to spot a reading problem early on. The Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program in your local school district is a valuable resource to help families spot reading problems and provide information, resources and tools to establish good reading strategies.

But the truth is, all of us can be part of the solution. You can read out loud to your child, or grandchild, tonight. You can volunteer to read to kids in your local child care center, or elementary school, next week. You can volunteer as a tutor or mentor, speak up at your local school board meeting, or donate books to your local library or after school program. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota supports early literacy through a multitude of programs and relationships with community organizations and encourages you to visit the website UnitedWaySWMN.org for opportunities to give, advocate and volunteer.

 

Take action. Because change doesn't happen without you.

 

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting changes in people's lives and the communities of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and western Redwood Counties of Minnesota.