Meet Jayce and her family
When Jayce’s kids fell behind in reading, a United Way funded program helped them improve their skills—and their confidence.
When she learned that her daughter, Nadine, was reading at a pre-K level in grade 2, it felt like a punch to the gut. Jayce was a single mother of four kids and had just entered university. She was so busy, she didn’t realize Nadine was floating under the radar. Once she knew, though, she enrolled her in a United Way funded summer literacy program.
At first, she thought the program would just give Nadine extra practice, but right away, Nadine showed so much improvement and enthusiasm. Her son Chase was also reading at a lower level. Chase deals with ADHD and was invited to the program the next summer. It improved his confidence so much. The volunteers didn’t discourage him for learning at a slower pace—they were patient with him.
When Jayce was first told Nadine was three grades behind in her reading level, she would never have guessed that she and Chase would be reading chapter books together two years later.
“I can’t fully express what United Way has done for my kids. The positive effects of this program last much longer than the time the kids spend there; the future of my entire family has been positively impacted.”