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Michael’s story: A new confidence

As an elementary school student in Charlotte County, Michael struggled in his reading. It was such a chore, it wasn’t surprising that he disliked it.

But thanks to United Way funding, he was able to participate in after-school tutoring and in a summer learning program.

Now 11, he reads with a new confidence. He proudly shares that he jumped eight reading levels in one year and has even helped his brother Jack with his reading.

With the success, his confidence blossomed in other ways. He even ran for an officer position with the K-Kids Club at his school and won!

“Thank you to United Way for supporting programs at our school,” he says in a Stories of the City video. “All kids should be able to learn to read.”