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Reading Club wraps up and MCS Superintendent reads a special story to the children of Delaware County. 
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Muncie Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Baule, Reads Night-Night, Forest Friends

"Night-Night Forest Friends" Book Reading
Dr. Steven Baule, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools, joins us as an Imagination Library guest reader in a special location — a blanket fort! We encourage you to build your own blanket fort, climb in, and follow along with your favorite furry friends as Dr. Baule reads Night-Night Forest Friends by Annie Bach. 

Muncie Community Schools is integral to improving childhood literacy. Thanks to their talented teachers, strong leaders, and critical partnerships with the Delaware County Grade Level Reading Coalition, more children are reading at or above their grade level.

Between the years 2012 and 2015, IREAD-3 pass rates rose from 78.2% to 87.9% for all third graders in Muncie Community Schools. During the same time period, pass rates at Longfellow Elementary shot up from 54.1% to 95.2%. This remarkable rise was the result of focused efforts by the school, the students and their families, and many coalition partners. In United Way’s Reading Clubs, students advance their reading level by an average of 1.5 grade levels!

“One of the gateway skills to life is the ability to read. It’s an honor to have such strong community partners helping us reach this goal.”
- Dr. Steven
 Baule, Superintendent of Muncie Community Schools

There are over 240 communities focused on improving childhood literacy. This year 38 communities were recognized by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading as Pacesetters for “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy—school readiness, school attendance, summer learning. Of those 38, we are proud to be one of 15 communities who achieved significant improvements in reading at grade-level.
 
“This Pacesetter Honor is a direct result of the incredible work happening in schools. It just goes to show the terrific outcomes that are possible when a community unites around an important goal,” said UWDC President & CEO Jenni Marsh.

Reading Club Successes and Expansions

Jiovani Navarro-Cortex reads to Baby Bison.
Indiana Academy students Katherine Kolozsvari and Sophie Schnake read with South View 3rd graders. 

As the school year comes to a close, so does Reading Club. This year, UWDC Donors and Volunteers made it possible for Reading Club participants to have incredible experiences and great success with reading.

Thanks to a cohort of 14 volunteers from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities, in early spring, we were able to expand Reading Club into a 4th elementary school. South View Elementary welcomed the help from these high ability high-schoolers, who in turn found great satisfaction working with the third graders. Indiana Academy student, Kiana King, had the idea to bring a group of Academy students to a school in need of help.

“We have wonderful memories of working alongside the children. I am so incredibly proud of our success as a group,” Kiana shared.

As the Reading Club year came to an end, clubs at Longfellow, Sutton, and Wes-Del Elementary Schools mixed up their reading fun with field trips to Ball State University, The David Owsley Museum of Art, and Books-a-Million. The year ended with Readers Theater and Poetry Café performances, at which students demonstrated their reading talents to their families and teachers. 

All of this is made possible by the enthusiastic volunteers, who donate an average of 60 hours of their time per school year to Reading Club. Their passion for reading is contagious and makes the children excited to continue learning, even after their school days end. Thank you, Volunteers and Donors, for all you do to help increase literacy in our community!

Students at each club:

        Longfellow – 20
        Sutton – 26
        Wes-Del – 24
        South View – 18

Volunteers at each club:

        Longfellow – 8
        Sutton – 10
        Wes-Del – 15
        South View – 14

A volunteer hour in Indiana is valued at $22.69.
Readers Theatre at Longfellow Elementary featured a performance by
Amaria Evans, Airianna Jimenez, Peyton Hensley, Ethan Parsons, and Marcus Peitiford.

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Join United Way of Delaware County's Team

United Way of Delaware County unites the caring power of the community to improve lives. While investing in programs that improve lives in the areas of Education, Income and Health, United Way of Delaware County is working to end the cycle of generational poverty through its work with literacy. United Way of Delaware County is doing great things in Delaware County! Our passionate team is looking for a dynamic new Director of Resource Development to help us continue on this positive trajectory.

Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for developing key relationships with community stakeholders including business, government, foundations and nonprofit leaders. This person will lead coordinating annual workplace campaigns, fundraising campaigns for special projects, as well as year-round donor engagement, stewardship, and volunteer recruitment.

Desired Qualifications: Successful candidates will have excellent relationship building skills, written and oral communications—including the ability to present information, ability to plan and manage multiple tasks effectively, and a proven track record in fundraising.

Bachelor’s Degree required.

Interested parties should send a cover letter and current resume to Jenni Marsh at jmarsh@uwdcin.org. Please put Director of Resource Development in the subject line. Questions, please call 765-288-5586.

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