School’s out, but our volunteers are all in

Date: June 14, 2018

United Way volunteers were out in full force late this spring, helping elementary and middle school students get ready for a fun and productive summer so that they stay on track for academic success this fall.

 Slide into Summer Volunteer Reading Day

In early June, 90 volunteers visited 10 area schools to help 1,300 kids get excited about reading during Slide into Summer day. After reading the beloved and popular Mo Willems book, We are in a Book, to the children, volunteers coached them to write about the learning activities they wanted to do over the summer.

Participating schools:

  • Maryland City Elementary, Laurel
  • Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School, Baltimore
  • Moravia Park Elementary School, Baltimore
  • Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore
  • Harford Heights Elementary School, Baltimore
  • Commodore John Rogers Elementary School, Baltimore
  • Norwood Elementary School, Dundalk
  • Tawneytown Elementary School, Tawneytown
  • William Paca / Old Post Road Elementary School, Abingdon
  • Cradlerock Elementary School, Columbia

Wrapping up the school year with wraparound support

United Way’s On Track 4 Success program, designed to curb dropout rates through early intervention, provides a host of support services for area kids in challenged neighborhoods. As the school year drew to a close, United Way volunteers met one-on-with students to review progress reports and to help them prepare for final exams. Together, the talked about the students’ successes and challenges, celebrated their accomplishments and encouraged them to finish the school year strong. Volunteers also shared advice and tips for studying and doing better in school. The events were rewarding for students and volunteers alike:

It was really valuable for the students to see that someone outside of school or their family  was interested in their success and could point them to help if they needed it.” –Molly Wolcott, volunteer

“After the conversation, I started focusing more on what we were learning. Also, I was more confident, because [the volunteer] was really nice.” –Student

“I was inspired to spend a few hours with teenagers who are so committed to getting an education and laying a foundation for the future that they want to have.” –Anna Helmet, volunteer

On Track 4 Success operates at Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School and Ben Franklyn High School in Brooklyn Curtius Bay, and Meade Middle School in Ft. Meade. To date, more than 500 students have received assistance through this groundbreaking program.


A fun and educational summer: It’s in the bag.

Hundreds of students in United Way’s On Track 4 Success program at went home with “Summer Sendoff Kits” thanks to our Women United membership group. The kits were filled with fun, educational and recreational goodies to take home at the end of the school year. Women United volunteers spent a fun June afternoon distributing the kits to students at Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School.

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