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Fight for 70% of 3rd Graders to Read on Grade Level by 2025.

Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. It is essential to getting and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits, and it is fundamental to a community’s economic prosperity: a well-educated workforce attracts world-class jobs.

United Way of Pickens County seeks to help children and youth achieve their potential through education and has established a bold goal that 70% of 3rd graders will be reading on grade level by 2025.

We partner with the local community to ensure that:

  • Children begin school ready to learn.
  • Young children achieve their academic potential.
  • Parents and guardians are engaged in their child’s education and focus on their academic success.
  • Parents and guardians are engaged in their child’s intellectual, emotional and social growth.

Camp iRock

United Way of Pickens County has partnered with the School District of Pickens County and the Pickens County YMCA to address summer learning loss through Camp iRock. Camp iRock is a summer program for struggling readers in rising 1st - 4th grades with a proven success record. Learn more.

Born Learning

United Way of Pickens has joined the United Ways of the Upstate Born Learning partnership with other Upstate United Ways, in order to collaborate on increasing public awareness about the importance of early childhood development in the Upstate.  The collaboration will provide resources for parents and caregivers and generate awareness among the public and public policy leaders. Learn more.