United Way of the Lowcountry seeks volunteers in national 'Day of Action' and 'Big Tweet'

United Way of the Lowcountry

Seeking an eventual goal of 600 volunteers to help tutor Beaufort and Jasper elementary students in reading, United Way of the Lowcountry is turning to social media Thursday, June 21, as part of the national United Way's "Day of Action."

The day includes "The Big Tweet" when United Ways across the country, including the local organization, send out special tweets on the social network Twitter. Follow United Way of the Lowcountry on Twitter at @UW_LowcountrySC or on Facebook.

The 600 volunteer tutors are part of an expanded initiative by United Way of the Lowcountry to improve education in Beaufort County and Jasper County. The goal is to have 80 percent of students reading at grade level by the time they enter fourth grade, and to reduce the local dropout rate by 50 percent by 2018, said Clarece Walker, CEO of United Way of the Lowcountry.

Today, two-thirds of American fourth graders cannot read at grade level. In Beaufort and Jasper counties, pockets of elementary children are behind in developing their reading skills.

United Way of the Lowcountry is recruiting people with passion, expertise and resources to be volunteer tutors for students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades at eight area schools.

 Volunteers will serve in the following elementary schools:

  • Hilton Head Early Childhood Center
  • Hilton Head School for Creative Arts
  • Hilton Head International Baccalaureate 
  • Pritchardville Elementary
  • Joseph Shanklin Elementary
  • St. Helena Elementary
  • Ridgeland Elementary
  • Hardeeville Elementary.

The Big Tweet" will be all day Thursday and will highlight the United Way's Day of Action. If there are enough participants, the Big Tweet will become a trending topic on Twitter.

 Want to help? Visit www.uwlowcountry.org or call (843) 982-3040.

Filed in