Children’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives.
Children’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Early access to quality education is essential to promoting their development and learning into the future.
Early Childhood Literacy
Through UWHC’s United to Read and Caring for Kindergarteners, volunteers from the community visit Horry County Schools’ kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Every classroom is read a book and participates in an activity related to the book’s theme. These events promote the importance of early childhood literacy and volunteerism within Horry County. The students see the volunteers as mentors and enjoy the event just as much as the volunteers do.
Tutoring and Mentoring
UWHC’s United to Learn is a program that involves elementary school students and volunteers. A volunteer meets with a student, who has been referred to them, during the week to go over the skills being taught in class, extra practice with reading, and to serve as a mentor. Teachers report that the participating students not only improve in the classroom, but also improve their overall attitude.
Summer 2021 is the launch of our new tutoring program, Camp United. Camp United is for rising first and second grade Loris Elementary School students who are not meeting their math and reading goals. This completely free program is funded by a grant from Tidelands Health and the Waccamaw Community Foundation.
We are proud to provide grants to the following local agencies to help promote development and learning in Horry County.
THE IMPACT IS IN THE NUMBERS
received educational tutoring or early childhood reading intervention funded by United Way of Horry County.
were dedicated to education and/or reading through United Way of Horry County funded programs in 2019.
on early childhood education and reading programs.