United Way of Lake County President and CEO Jennifer McCarty recently announced that Lisa M. Habe, president and chairwoman of Interlake Industries, Inc. in Willoughby, has teamed up with the nonprofit organization to serve as its education impact champion.

UWLC has repositioned its funding model to include specific data-driven goals beginning this year, with education marking one of three new goals the organization’s model will work toward impacting; financial stability and health round out the trio.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, 52 percent of Lake County children are not kindergarten ready.

“This means that less than half of our community’s kids enter kindergarten with the sufficient skills, knowledge and abilities to engage in kindergarten-level instruction,” McCarty said.

“Changing

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