New Milford Area Rotary Supports United Way’s Real Men Read Program

New Milford Area Rotary Supports United Way’s Real Men Read Program

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Submitted by Kim Merithew

Director of Corporate and Community Giving

United Way of Susquehanna County

693 Main St., Suite 3

New Milford, PA 18834

Phone: 570-879-4567


New Milford Area Rotary Supports United Way’s Real Men Read Program

New Milford, PA, -The New Milford Area Rotary chapter has generously supported UWSC’s Real Men Read signature program by applying for various community grants and matching those grants which will go toward the expansion of the program in Susquehanna County in the Montrose Area School District.  

Real Men Read connects volunteer male readers, MENtors from the community with kindergarten classes in schools to encourage reading and learning in young children, and boost early grade reading success. MENtors make a commitment to read to a class for an hour once a month, are trained to interact and lead the children in discovery, and must undergo a security clearance to work with the children. At the end of each reading visit, each kindergarten student receives a copy of the book read to add to their home library.


Why MENtors? With 81% of children under the age of 5 living in economically at-risk situations coupled with an increase in female-led single-parent households in Susquehanna County, UWSC determined that this was a worthwhile program. Typically, teachers are female, and so many children do not have a male mentor/positive influencer in their lives, promoting the importance of literacy. Real Men Read helps these children to see men valuing education and reading. 


This is an excellent opportunity for students to have a positive role model who values education and encourages the love of reading. From K-3rd grade, students are learning to read, and from 3rd grade on, students need to be able to read to learn. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers.


We can prepare our kids for a lifetime of success in reading and learning by merely sharing books, encouraging literacy skills, and model the importance of reading. 


“The New Milford Area Rotary chapter recognizes the importance of children having positive male role models in their lives coupled with the need to provide high quality, age-appropriate books to help prepare children to enter school ready to learn,” said Grant Palmer, president, New Milford Area Rotary chapter. 

Thanks to community partners such as Visions Federal Credit Union First National Bank, Little and Nelson Insurance, Tall Pines Farm Woodstoves, Endless Mountains Health System, Paul Augenti Plumbing, Peoples Security Bank & Trust and Hinds Energy for awarding New Milford Area Rotary grants and donations to sponsor the Real Men Read program for the Montrose Area School District. These gifts were matched with the grant awarded from Rotary District 7410 for a total investment of $5,626.16. 

“As a result of this support, UWSC is able to continue Real Men Read at Elk Lake School and Blue Ridge School while expanding to Montrose School District,” said Robin Cobb, Director of Operations at UWSC. “The expansion at Mountain View is made possible by a devoted anonymous donor,” added Cobb. 

Superintendent McComb from Montrose Schools shared his excitement and gratitude about the upcoming expansion and to all who invest in the Real Men Read program and volunteer their time. “Having positive male role models reading to our kids reinforces the importance of reading as a foundation for learning.” The fact that each child receives a copy of the book read to him or her each month is an added bonus.” 

“It has been such a great experience serving as a MENtor and reading to local kindergarten students. I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to reach out to United Way as this is a program everyone can get behind,” said Zachary Morahan, of Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

United Way’s goal is to expand the Real Men Read program to all six districts as funding and volunteer support permits. 

For more information about United Way of Susquehanna County, visit their website at or to learn more about New Milford Area Rotary visit their Facebook page. 



From left: Dave Palmer, Robin Cobb, Annie Palmer, Melody Haley, William Townsend, and John Reynolds