Read in Week

This week people across our region will be sharing stories with students as part of Read In Week.  For 25 years, our community has been part of creating a greater awareness of the importance of reading.  Research confirms that children who read at grade level in grade 3 are more likely to complete high school, thus decreasing the odds of living in poverty.  At United Way, we recognize literacy as an essential component to children’s success in school and have prioritized this as one of our growth strategies over the next few years.

Orrie Windjack, Red Feather Society member and United Way supporter for more than 60 years, reading to the grade 2 class at George P.Nicholson School.

From October 5-9, we are inviting United Way leaders, board members and other supporters to take a small part of their day to read to children in schools. Books have already been distributed to readers in Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Beaumont and Stony Plain. We are so happy to be able to add more readers to this special event, and promote literacy across our Capital Region! 

Marcia Bercov reading to the grade 2 class at Parkview School. Marcia is a Red Feather Society member and has been supporting United Way for over 32 years. 

Each year, we choose a book for the readers and this year the book is titled, “I have the Right to be a Child” which was provided by Success By 6.  This book was chosen as it also links to National Child Day on November 20th which focuses on children’s rights as declared by the United Nations. 

Success By 6 is a United Way funded literacy program that runs year-round for families on the Alberta Capital Region.  For more information on program, please visit the Success By 6 website.   

Many thanks for all the support for children's literacy. For more information, please contact Annette Malin, Community Investment Specialist at