Building a Community of Readers, featured in The Morning Call

Posted: November 20, 2019

Lehigh Valley Reads: Building a community of readers to make the Lehigh Valley a place of opportunity for all

A Feature By United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
Published November 20, 2019 in The Morning Call

“Lehigh Valley Reads shares best practices and scales what works to 220,000 students across Lehigh and Northampton counties. This is a collaborative effort, with hundreds of committed partners coming together to create transformational change and a collective impact in our community,” said Angela Zanelli, Lehigh Valley Reads Campaign Director.

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Approaching the goal from multiple angles, Lehigh Valley Reads has six key focus areas: early childhood education, summer learning, school attendance, trauma-informed classrooms, community schools and literacy supports.

Lehigh Valley Reads harnesses the collective power of several successful coalitions such as the Lehigh Valley Summer Learning Coalition, Lehigh Valley Early Childhood Coalition, Resilient Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Community School Network and the Challenge 5 Attendance Coalition.


“We know there is no simple, single strategy or program that will get us to our pivotal goal. We are engaging six different bodies of work that interconnect and strongly rely on the others for ultimate success. As we make progress in each we are certain it will impact the third-grade reading goal that will have cascading impacts on our families, schools, neighborhoods, businesses, and ultimately our entire community"  said Jill Pereira, Vice President of Education and Impact at United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

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