Reading Champions Celebrates Kick-Off, Volunteers Sought

Reading Champions

Starting in the lower left-hand corner of the photo and working clockwise: Barbara Kavanagh, Liaison North Street & Parkway; Betsy Coons, Volunteer Coordinator & Liaison Old Greenwich; Joan Lowe, Liaison Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich; Patricia Santonocito, Liaison International School at Dundee; Marie Valle Wardell, Program Coordinator Greenwich United Way; Catherine Marcus, Liaison YWCA of Greenwich; Mary Jay, Liaison New Lebanon; Karin Hansen, Liaison Cos Cob School; Melody Andersen, Liaison North Mianus. Contributed photo

Greenwich United Way Reading Champions started its 10th year of dedicated service to its flagship program at a kick-off meeting with the program liaisons on Friday, September 15.

Program Coordinator Marie Wardell and Volunteer Coordinator Betsy Coons met with site liaisons to plan the launch of Reading Champions at all Greenwich elementary schools and four after-school programs.

The program officially starts in late October. Volunteers are always needed. Greenwich United Way provides training.

Contact Greenwich United Way at 203-869-2221 or email

“The launch meeting is one of the most important components of starting the Greenwich United Way Reading Champions year,” said Marie Wardell.  “It exhibits how the program is organized and it provides the leadership needed to service a number of children who benefit from our program every year. The launch meeting allows the team to share ideas, distribute program materials, and provide the support for the upcoming Greenwich United Way Reading Champions year.”

Wardell said that as the program grows, volunteers are needed to  to service the children. Volunteer training will take place October 3, 4, and 5.

See also:

United Way’s Reading Champions Program Expands to Parkway School


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