It's Not Too Late to Go Over The Edge!


Trident United Way is bringing you the chance to rappel off one of the tallest buildings in Charleston on May 18! Go Over The Edge of the nine-story Hyatt Place in historic downtown Charleston to raise money for the Tri-County Reading by Third Project and help more children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

And the best news of all: it's not too late! You can still register to join other brave souls and catch unique views of the Holy City skyline! Visit to sign up and begin fundraising right away!

And to thank those invest so much into shaping our children, we're offering FREE REGISTRATION to all teachers and school administrators: just use the code 'TEACH' when registering online!

Once you've raised $1,000, contact Amy Maciariello at to reserve your rappel time. Then bring your friends and family on the day of the event to cheer you on!    

Think rappelling might not be your thing but still want to be involved? 

  • DONATE: You can still donate to Over The Edge to benefit The Tri-County Reading by Third Project and help us reach our goal:
  • VOLUNTEER: We're looking for volunteers to help make Over The Edge a success! Ropes volunteers will even get to rappel for FREE! Email for more information. 
  • WATCH: Come out to this rain or shine event and cheer on the brave souls who are going Over The Edge for education! It's FREE to watch and we'll have activities for children!

Event: Over The Edge runs from 8 am - 1 pm or beyond on May 18 at the Hyatt Place Historic Charleston at 560 King Street in downtown Charleston. 

Parking: The closest public parking garage is owned and operated by City of Charleston and is located adjacent to the hotel. 

Why We're Raising Money: Did you know that nearly half of Tri-County students are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade? This is a crucial time in a child's development because it's when the curriculum switches from focusing on learning to read to using those reading skills in subjects like mathc, science and social studies.

Trident United Way has partnered with all four local school districts to launch the Tri-County Reading by Third Project, brining innovative teacher training to help educators meet students where they are. Already in its second year, the pilot program has shown positive indicators. Struggling readers, who typically make 0.6 years of growth in reading in an average year are making an average of 1.1 years of growth when taught by a teacher that has participated in the Reading by Third training. The result is that students are closing the gap in where they are and where they should be. Learn more at   



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