Our Focus on Education

United Way Galveston County Mainland believes that success in life begins with a quality education.  Yet, many children and youth lack the support they need to strengthen their literacy, stay on track in school, graduate high school and find a career.

UWGCM wants all people to be prepared for and excel in education of all types.  Our funding helps programs provide resources to individuals in our community so they can thrive.  It is critical to reach the children early - even before they start school.  Once a young person falls behind it can be very difficult to catch up.

Parents who have support from early on can build great futures for their children.  United Way Galveston County Mainland works with schools, parents, and partners to ensure that every child is equipped for success in school, work, and life by investing in programs that produce results.

Born Learning Trails

Everyday life is a learning experience for children.  The Born Learning Trail is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families.  It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground.

Signs perched along the Born Learning path offer new activities encouraging parents to hop, toss, shake and wiggle across a hopscotch board with their little ones, or even just describe and compare shapes.  The Born Learning campaign gives parents and caregivers easy and fun ideas to support early learning for young children. 

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Locations in Galveston County

Rustic Oaks Park, 5101 Orange Blossom, League City, TX - Supported by City of League City and INEOS

Rainbow Park, 800 Bay Street, Texas City, TX - Sponsored by City of Texas City, Marathon Petroleum and Eagle Scout Will Roberts

Dr. Seuss Summer Reading Camp

Each summer, United Way Galveston County Mainland invites over 40 campers from grade level Pre-K through 3rd grade to attend the Dr. Seuss Summer Reading Camp for three days of reading and fun! The goal of the Dr. Seuss Summer Reading Camp is to prevent the "Summer Slide", the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they make during the previous school year. To prevent this slide, daily reading and learning activities are highly recommended. Thanks to our volunteers, we are able to help our community reduce the summer slide through the reading camp.
Every morning, Librarians read aloud Dr. Seuss books to our campers. In addition to reading, campers hear from special guests providing presentations on topics and activities including, fire safety, bullying and kindness, healthy eating habits and safety tips from local police departments.
Thanks to the many book donations we receive, we are able to send home campers with a few books each day!