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Fundraiser for United Way reading program raises $8,800

  • Ridgeland Elementary School coordinator Chandra Brooks $4,685 for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Reading remains a priority in the Jasper County School District, and recently the district’s schools each participated in a campaign to raise money for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Since 2012, the program has helped students improve their reading skills. According to the United Way, in 2015-16, 94 percent of students in the program increased their reading scores.

Thanks to the fundraiser, $8,799 was raised. The fund will help pay for books and materials and train the volunteers.

There are 90 volunteers that help the county’s students.

Ridgeland Elementary School coordinator Chandra Brooks raised the most money, $4,685.

For her efforts she won a 32-inch TV and a gift bag from the United Way that includes a gift certificate from KFC in Ridgeland, owned by Michael Hubbard, and a gift card from Walmart in Hardeeville, courtesy of manager Jared Worley.

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