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Forum Nov. 8 will highlight Portage County's strengths, challenges, priorities

Portage County’s strengths, challenges and priorities will be highlighted Wednesday, Nov. 8, when the Local Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) steering committee releases its official report at a community forum open to the public. The forum will take place at in the SentryWorld Atrium, 601 N. Michigan Ave., Stevens Point, beginning at 8 a.m.

United Way seeks Learn for Life reading tutors

Going into its seventh year of programming, United Way of Portage County’s Learn for Life Reading Program is seeking second- and third-grade reading tutors to help students at 14 schools throughout Portage County.

Learn for Life utilizes trained volunteer reading tutors who meet individually with students, a tutor commitment of a total of one hour per week during the school day. Tutoring sessions are individualized and based off of the student’s needs. Program data is collected and assessed throughout the year. Substitute tutor options are available as well.

Summer Sizzle Children's Reading Series begins June 14

United Way of Portage County’s Learn for Life will heat up the summer again with its third annual Summer Sizzle Children’s Reading Series.

Beginning in June, local “celebrities” will read to children attending the reading event, and the business sponsor will give a book to each child in attendance. The first reading, on June 14, will take place at the Stevens Point Area YMCA soccer field in Stevens Point.

Project Fresh Start registration now open

Family registration for Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center program that provides school supplies to qualifying students, is now open.

Registration is open through Friday, July 28, for the distribution event taking place Saturday, August 12, at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School in Stevens Point. Almond Bancroft residents do not need to pre-register, but will need to contact the school’s main office beginning Aug. 21 for more information on receiving pre-packaged supplies.