Early Grade Reading Programs

STAR – Level I

STAR Level I (Success Takes a Reader) is a skills-based volunteer program. We connect
business professionals and community stakeholders to Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
students who need extra support in reading. STAR Level I is a sight word and reading
connected text intervention program for selected students in grades 1 and 2.

STAR – Level II

STAR Level II (Success Takes a Reader) program is a skills-based volunteer program. This program is a high quality, comprehensive, research-based English literacy tutoring program that supports students, families, and the community. These volunteers are trained in the Volunteer Tutor Certificate program with Williamsburg Technical College. We can connect business professionals and community stakeholders to Kindergarten through 3rd Grade students who need extra support in reading. These volunteers typically serve 30 min – 1 hour per week.


Vello is the innovative, 1:1 tutoring program from United Way that matches tutor teams
with local classrooms for guided reading support. Vello mobilizes passionate
professionals to tutor students in reading through a safe and secure digital setting.
Together, students and tutors read e-books using super simple screen sharing and audio.

Summer SAIL

Summer S.A.I.L. (Science and Inquiry Learning) is a 4-week summer enrichment
program that aims to prevent the “summer slide” and increase literacy rates in
Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. This program uses certified teachers and
provides a 1:1:10 ration with teachers, teacher assistants, and students.

Triple P

Triple P Georgetown is a county wide initiative focused on helping parents be the best parents they can be by supporting all families. This initiative is a partnership with Tidelands Health, Children’s Recovery Center and Black River United Way.

Black River United Way is a Level II Manager. As Level II Mangers, Black River United Way is responsible for coaching seminar practitioners and implementing cross sector team meetings to ensure that barriers are being addressed and ensure high parent engagement.

United to Read

United to Read is an Annual Event and a tri-county partnership with Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg County. Volunteers are recruited to read to K-2 grade classroom at the same time and with the same book. This event is held every November.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality
books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.
Children in Georgetown County are eligible for books. Black River United Way
administers this program for Georgetown County.

3 rd Grade Reading Pep Rally

The 3rd Grade Reading Pep Rally is an event for Williamsburg County School District 3rd graders. This event gets the students excited about taking their first state test.

Early Grade Action Council

The Early Grade Action Council is made up of a group of community stakeholders and agencies to troubleshoot barriers and move the needle on early grade reading success in Georgetown and Williamsburg County.