Cindy Walker, chief executive officer, presented 10 agencies with grants and congratulated the community for helping the United Way of South Mississippi be recognized as a 2014 pacesetter by the national Grade-Level Reading Campaign.
"Being one of only 30 cities nationally recognized as a pacesetter is an incredible accomplishment," she said. "We've been blessed with opportunities and great leaders."
Programs named as a pacesetter were those who made the largest difference in the United Way's continued fight to raise the number of children reading at grade-level by the third grade.
"74 percent of kids who cannot read at grade-level by the third grade will never read at grade-level," she said. "We are going to change that statistic."
Walker said the award shows what can happen when people focused on helping others come together.
"This is a win for our children," she said. "Staff, supporters and volunteers should all take a bow."
The organizations awarded grants for their service were:
-Gulf Coast Women's Center
-Hancock Human Resource Agency
-Moore Community House
-Boys and Girls Club
-The Nourishing Place
-Hancock Resource Center and CASA
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