Mizzou Fight for Literacy Benefitting Heart of Missouri United Way

Team up with Mizzou and become a Champion for Literacy!

Let’s help provide 650 students with books for a year through the Fight for Literacy! Expand opportunities today. Click here to donate.

**International Paper is matching gifts up to $5,000!**

Mizzou has joined the Fight for Literacy presented by International Paper to benefit Heart of Missouri United Way and help every child in Columbia learn to read.

Together, we are combatting the statistic that just 1 in 3 American fourth-graders are reading on grade level. Why is 4th grade so important? Studies show students not reading at grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. From Pre-K- Third-grade students LEARN TO READ but after that, you have to READ TO LEARN


100% of donations will stay local with Heart of Missouri United Way to provide books, resources, and tutoring to help kindergarten through third-grade students in the Tiger neighborhood learn to read.

David Holtgraewe, COO of Heart of Missouri United Way, shared how the funds raised will support their work:

The grant will be utilized to provide 10 age-appropriate and inclusive books per year to 650 first & second grade students in the 5 Columbia Public Schools that have the highest free & reduced lunch rate and lowest reading proficiency scores.

Expand opportunities by making your donation today:

  • Click DONATE on the top right of this page. $100 can provide 10 grade-level books per year to a child!

*ALL DONATIONS MATCHED! International Paper has pledged to match every gift, up to a total of $5,000 in this market!


Heart of Missouri United Way is grateful to partner with Coaching for Literacy and the Mizzou Men’s Basketball team so that we can increase the love of reading and learning through the Read Across Columbia program.

Let’s get off the sideline and Fight for Literacy! Make your donation today!

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