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Ways you can get involved as an employee

  • Serve as an Aspire Mentor: Have you heard the saying that kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care? Well, it’s true. By investing time into building a relationship with a local student, you will give them the confidence and desire to be a strong reader. 

Find out how you can participate in this Governor’s Volunteer Award-winning program today by following this link. You will likely gain much more out of it than your mentee, and the community will benefit most of all – a WIN, WIN, WIN!

  • Serve as a Volunteer Reader: Story time is more fun when community members participate! Show kids that reading is important by visiting their classrooms and serving as guest readers. This will be a gift to the students, the teacher, and you!

To learn more and sign up, email Christina Eagan at Ned E. Williams, Faith Newhouse-Greer at Ware East Texas Montessori Academy, Christi Coleman at Hudson PEP Elementary, Dr. Crystal Locke at JL Everhart, Christy Scott at Johnston McQueen Elementary, Dr. Jacqueline Burnett at East Texas Montessori Prep Academy, Dr. Ruthie Walker at Pine Tree Primary, Daniel Stuard at Pine Tree Birch Elementary, or Melanie Keoun at Pine Tree Parkway Elementary today!

Ned E. Williams

Ware East Texas Montessori Academy

Hudson PEP Elementary

Johnston McQueen Elementary

East Texas Montessori Prep Academy

Pine Tree Primary

Pine Tree Birch Elementary

Pine Tree Parkway Elementary

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  • Read on the Hour: With any skill time on task matters, and reading is no exception! Volunteer to read with a Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines student. To participate in this program, simply sign up for a specific hour that works in your schedule. Do Thursdays at 3:30 work for you? Maybe the first Monday of every month at 4:00 is better. Whatever works, find the right time and devote an hour to developing our future.

Want to learn more? Contact Shelly at BGC today or call 903-935-2030!

  • Read to Succeed: The “Read to Succeed” initiative from Greater Longview United Way is dedicated to advancing literacy among students, aiming to ensure they read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Emphasizing a love for reading and providing access to high-quality reading materials, the initiative is crucial in light of findings by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Their study revealed that students not proficient in reading by third grade were four times more likely to drop out of high school, with 88 percent of high school non-graduates struggling with reading in third grade. In response, the Greater Longview United Way introduced a grant program offering book vending machines to Primary/Elementary schools and nonprofits in Gregg, Harrison, and Upshur counties. These innovative machines function like traditional vending machines but dispense books instead of snacks. Grantees receive special tokens for the machines, each capable of holding 200-300 books, providing a creative solution to promote reading proficiency in the community. Businesses can get involved by sponsoring machines while contributing to the literacy growth of the community.  More information can be found at longviewunitedway.org/readtosucceed or contact Dr. Evan Dolive, Executive Director, at edolive@longviewunitedway.org

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