WLC exceeds fund-raising goal.
Elementary school students from low-income households lose as much as two months of reading skills over the summer; by the end of fifth grade their reading skills are almost three grade levels below that of students from families with higher-incomes.
During United Way of Rhode Island’s Annual Celebration, Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) announced a fundraising campaign to benefit Rhode Island children through local summer learning programs. In addition, they pledged to match the total amount donated up to $50,000.
Due to the kindness of donors, the text-to-give campaign raised $56,503, exceeding the original goal by $6,503. Inspired by their generosity, WLC is proud to announce that they will extend their initial pledge and match the full amount raised, bringing the total donation to $113,006.
With 47% of the students enrolled in Rhode Island public schools coming from low-income households, WLC will continue to advocate for programs that increase the possibility of success in the classroom. WLC members work together to mobilize the power and strength of women to enact change in the Ocean State.
By: Jason Boulay, UWRI Communications Coordinator, Strategic Marketing & Communications