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IMAGE Neptune Man Sentenced for His Role in 2008 Murder
Friday, 25 July 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - A Neptune man convicted in February for his role in the 2008 murder of an Eatontown man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in a New... Read More...
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Friday, 25 July 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - August 2014 – New Events for Adults and Teens: Teen Photography Club (Monday, 8/4; 7 pm)Learn new photography techniques and share... Read More...
Pallone Calls on Governor Christie to Disclose More Detailed Reports on Sandy Recovery Effort
Friday, 25 July 2014
Highlights Need for More Transparency Surrounding Hired Contractors, Rebuilding Grants  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.... Read More...
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Friday, 25 July 2014
Red Bank, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Red Bank Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven... Read More...
Help Monmouth County Build its Master Plan
Friday, 25 July 2014
Residents invited to working group meetings next week FREEHOLD, NJ –The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to be a part... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...
IMAGE What Does the Fox Say?
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 24 July 2014
As a long-time Middletown resident and a nature lover, I have seen my share of backyard critters. We have mice, voles, squirrels, raccoons, skunks,... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 24, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I created a page called "Fact Jack".  If you want, like it on Facebook http://bit.ly/FactJackFb or follow on... Read More...
IMAGE Christie Should Help Fellow Republicans
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Governor Chris Christie  revealed quite a bit about his political ambition and philosophy this past week.  In case you haven’t been... Read More...

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Farmingdale, NJ – To help address the academic achievement gap in Monmouth County, United Way of Monmouth County has announced the funding of seven grants focused on early grade reading for the summer as part of the education component of its Community Impact Agenda. United Way of Monmouth County will invest $115,000 in high-quality summer programs serving students who are entering kindergarten through third grades in the Keansburg, Red Bank and Freehold Borough school districts.

“The goal of these programs is to help ensure that students are reading to learn – rather than still learning to read – by the end of third grade, which makes a great difference in their academic success,” says Timothy C. Hearne, Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “Studies show that children who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. We’ve found that children in lower income school districts in Monmouth County are at a particular disadvantage in terms of being on target with reading skills.”

In analyzing New Jersey Department of Education data, United Way of Monmouth County determined that 62.4% of fourth grade students in the lowest socioeconomic status school districts in Monmouth County are reading below grade level, compared to 20.5% of students in the highest socioeconomic districts. In general, it is estimated that the “summer slide” – in which children lose knowledge over the summer months – accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers.

All of the funded summer programs focus not only on learning, literacy and reading, but they also feature enrichment activities, such as arts, music, physical activity, nature and outside play. Six of the programs are student-focused, and one is a family literacy initiative that provides English language learning (ELL) and basic literacy to parents as well as books to seed home libraries. United Way of Monmouth County has developed strong relationships with the partnering school districts to enhance learning throughout the process.

The funded programs are being held in partnership with:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, Red Bank students
  • Collier Youth Services, Keansburg students
  • The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Keansburg students
  • Horizons at the Rumson Country Day School, Red Bank students (student-focused program and family literacy program)
  • Monmouth Day Care Center, Red Bank students
  • YMCA of Western Monmouth County, Freehold students

For more information about early grade reading summer grants, please contact Christine Jagerburger at 848-206-2046 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about the United Way or its Community Impact agenda, please visit uwmonmouth.org.