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Reading volunteers needed for Manatee schools

Bronwyn Beightol was recently named chief operating officer at United Way of Manatee County. Beightol said she will lead the organization along side President Philip Brown.
Bronwyn Beightol was recently named chief operating officer at United Way of Manatee County. Beightol said she will lead the organization along side President Philip Brown. rdymond@bradenton.com

United Way of Manatee County is seeking volunteers to read to pre-kindergarten students in local schools.

United Way of Manatee County is celebrating its fifth year of the ReadingPals initiative. ReadingPals focuses on increasing the number of students who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Community volunteers work in school classrooms to foster a relationship with pre-kindergarten students that focuses on vocabulary exposure and expansion, reading comprehension and developing a love for learning from books.

This year, ReadingPals has doubled the program to include six schools, 12 classrooms and 231 children.

The program is looking for volunteers to serve as part of a statewide initiative to help young children learn to read at grade level. To volunteer, visit http://www.handsonmanatee.org

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