United Way of Central Virginia Seeks Better Impact on Young People

Lynchburg, VA - United Way of Central Virginia is looking at better ways to have an impact on the youngest members of the community.Leaders announced this new focus Tuesday morning at a breakfast event. United Way believes the community needs to focus on educational readiness for young students. Starting with the 2014 United Way campaign, some funds will be allocated to help children at the third grade level and even younger.Keynote Speaker Ralph Smith said, "Children who read at grade level by the end of third grade tend to graduate from high school, including low-income kids. Kids who don't read on grade level by the end of third grade tend not to graduate from high school."United Way also hopes to help the families of these children. The organization also wants to make clear that this focus will have no effect on the "Opening Doors, Changing Lives" campaign that is now underway.