United Way brings children, volunteers together to improve reading skills

INDIANAPOLIS - Making a difference in the lives of children is sometimes as simple as helping them learn to read.

Thanks to United Way of Central Indiana , a tutoring program is bringing volunteers together with those children in need of help.

Every week Stella Anderson volunteers at a local elementary school where she helps young students improve their reading skills.

"I tell them, reading is not just reading a book and retaining it. Reading is a part of your life," Anderson said.

Anderson believes the ReadUP tutoring program is changing lives.

"I got to see some of the kids grow over 300 points last year and they were so proud of themselves," IPS School 56 teacher Maygan Barclay said.

For the young readers with their whole lives ahead of them, they’re realizing that the sky is the limit -- and they can be anything they want to be.

Until that day comes, the current teachers will continue to do their best to help their students excel -- and it all starts with United Way’s ReadUP tutoring program.

"I love the ReadUP program because I saw so much growth out of my kids last year, not just academic growth, but growth in their personality and their character," Barclay said.

"When you give honestly and openly, you will receive abundantly," Anderson said.

Watch "Live United 2014" on RTV6 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to see different ways United Way of Central Indiana helps improve lives and communities.

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