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Christina's Story

In the Quad Cities 14% of children are not ready for kindergarten. Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. By the end of the year, kids need to be able to read and write sentences, and to add and subtract numbers.

Charlotte was very protective of her only child, Christina, and opted to not enroll her in preschool. Because of that, Christina was behind when she started kindergarten. 

Luckily, Charlotte learned about resources available to her daughter through the Rock Island – Milan School District. 

Rock Island – Milan School District partners with Spring Forward Learning Center to provide after school and summer programs serving 600 students at 5 sites. These programs, funded in part by United Way, provide additional assistance at no cost for struggling students, working on reading and math skills daily. 

In addition, enrichment activities such as field trips provide students with the opportunity to venture beyond their neighborhood. Partners include: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, and Rock Island Parks & Recreation. 

Charlotte now spends an hour each evening helping Christina with reading and math. Christina has significantly improved her skills, and is excited to start first grade. 

Rock Island – Milan School District is one of United Way’s many partners. United, we are committed to helping students overcome educational barriers by helping children effectively enter and perform well in school, graduating ready for college or career. 

You can help other struggling students just like Christina through your donation to United Way.

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