Access to quality education is vital to child development, lifelong learning and regional economic growth. United Way of Mower County understands that barriers exist in our community that impact one's ability to obtain quality education, so we continually strive to address these issues by ensuring equal opportunities exist for all.
Equipping students and parents with the tools to learn and grow is an integral part of United Way of Mower County's education efforts. Through funded partners, UWMC is strengthening education at every age-level.
Through 2019 funding...
Science fair mentoring project
"There is a student at Neveln who participated in this program for 2 years. This student loves science and was able to explore it in more detail by participating in this program. He was excited to learn about this experiment and complete his project. He could explain his experiment to others and was always animated in his delivery.
Both years, this student worked with Carolyn. When this student saw Carolyn at the start of his second year in the program, he sprung from his seat and ran up to give her a big hug. He was so excited to see her again. This is the impact this program is having. Not only are students able to explore the possibilities that open up to them, be curious about the world, and build their confidence, but they are also able to identify other adults in the community that care about their growth and their well-being. The relationships that are built in this program are one of the most powerful pieces to what we do."
Serveminnesota - Minnesota Reading Corps
"During my first year of tutoring, I started working with a third grade student who moved into my schedule from the school interventionist team. He was very hesitant to leave his group. I only had him as a student for six weeks before his scores skyrocketed and he reached his Reading Corps graduation. When I handed him his graduation letter and ribbon he punched his fist into the air and loudly stated, “I did it!” This young man is now in 6th grade and whenever I run into him at school events or the community, he still asks if I remember working with him and has a hug for me.
When we take a moment of our time to show a student that they are important and that the skills they learn are a big deal, our impact reaches further than just one student. Our students bring their self-assurance back to the classroom, to their peers, to their families, and it reflects in their daily lives."