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We all win when a child succeeds in school. Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It's essential to getting and keeping a job with livable wages and benefits, and it's fundamental to a community's economic prosperity.

That's why United Way is focusing on Education to help children and youth achieve their potential.

Community Action Plan
United Way is addressing specific issues in the area of Education that help create long-term community change. These issues include kindergarten readiness, grade-appropriate reading levels and graduation rates.

Achieve Quad Cities: Every school day, three Quad-City students drop out. Achieve Quad Cities is a regional partnership working to increase the graduation rate by 5% over 10 years. It is being led by United Way and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

Achieve is keeping kids in school by introducing them to career opportunities and providing them with mentoring support.

This June is Achieve's first birthday, and we've accomplished a lot in one year. To learn more about Achieve, or to volunteer today, please visit

In the 2009/2010 school year, Achieve served over 2,600 students.

Imagination Library: Children 0-5 living in Scott or Rock Island County are eligible to receive one free, age-appropriate book per month to promote literacy and a passion for learning. Over 10,000 children are currently enrolled.

Operation READ: Volunteers visit nine after-school programs and four preschools each week to read to over 400 children and engage them in creative, book-related activities. Children surveyed before and after participating showed an increased interest in reading.

Pohlmann Backpack Project: Children who participate in the free and reduced lunch program receive a backpack full of food provided by the River Bend Food Bank. Through this initiative, they also receive a free age-appropriate book quarterly to increase literacy. Over 1,330 children are served by this program.

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We fund 32 programs, which are advancing education across the Quad Cities. These programs address school readiness, improving attitudes and performance, delinquency prevention and character building.

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