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Club Connect Adopt-a-School Program

We think of our electronic devices as a way of keeping us connected, but the best way to connect to the world and its many treasures is through a good book.

The ability to read and communicate is empowering, and a critical skill for our younger students to master.ClubConnect_JohnMuir2

We may take for granted the ability to read and our access to books, but there needs to be a continuing emphasis on grade-level reading. Club Connect is our latest initiative to relentlessly drive our students to be the best readers they can be. We stand with partners who value Dr. Suess and Clifford as much as they value iPads and iPhones.

Club Connect is a national initiative linking local companies with eligible elementary schools in Cuyahoga County. The local companies sponsor programming to improve students’ reading ability by 3rd grade. The research is consistent and clear: If by third grade children are not reading at grade level, they will fall behind in school and become discouraged, which leads to middle school absenteeism and eventually high school dropouts.

This initiative, through sponsor support, brings needed resources into schools including 400 books, parent engagement tools and a membership to an online literacy education platform. Club Connect’s goal is to create a safe, engaging space where students, teachers and community members can come together and read.

This is the only educational program funded, supported, and marketed on a nationwide basis, and available in all communities in the country, by United Way, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and Scholastic.

To date, two community sponsors, Cuyahoga Community College and OMNOVA Solutions, have helped disseminate 2,000 books to 5 local elementary schools in 4 suburban school districts.

For sponsorship and information, please contact:
Andrew Katusin
Education Program Associate
akatusin@unitedwaycleveland.org |  216-436-2219 

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