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Layden Finds Support at School

Layden stands with an award in the school library

Students like Layden fall behind in reading for a variety of reasons – language barriers, hunger, lack of access to books – and reading at grade level by the end of third grade is one of the best predictors of whether kids will graduate from high school on time. Layden’s reading skills needed support, and his mom was thrilled when he was selected to participate in Mile High United Way’s Colorado Reading Corps.

About 28 percent of Colorado’s third graders are not reading at or above grade level, so programs like Mile High United Way’s Colorado Reading Corps are critically important.

Mile High United Way’s Colorado Reading Corps pairs students with tutors to work on reading skills using research-based techniques. Layden worked with his tutor, Mr. Lewis, every day for a full school year, and he made great progress. By the end of his year, he was not only excited about reading chapter books, but all of his school work was stronger.

“I can’t thank Mr. Lewis enough,” said his mom, Chandra. “He really inspired Layden.”

Your support ensures that children like Layden have the bright future that reading provides.