Greater Twin Cities United Way Launches 'Pass the Grade'

Updated: 11/28/2012 1:35 PM KSTP.com By: Jasmyn Taylor

Greater Twin Cities United Way has an online game that educates players about the trials of school children in poverty.

The game, called 'Pass the Grade,' raises money for a good cause.

'Pass the Grade' takes players through four unique challenges that test if they have what it takes to pass the third grade.

After each challenge, statistics on childhood poverty are shared, and upon completion of the game, grades are given to the player.

Each time the game is played EcoLab will donate $1 up to $10,000 to Minnesota education programs.

For each person who donates after playing the game, EcoLab will also contribute a dollar-to-dollar match, up to $20,000.

Here are some examples on how playing the game will help children in poverty:

$5 will provide a hungry child with snacks for a full school week

(5,000 children will get a healthy snack at school).

$22 will help one child receive one-on-one reading help

(1,500 children will receive one-on-one tutoring and reading help).

$33 will provide a child with enriching after-school programs.

(1,000 will take part in enriching after-school programs).

Greater Twin Cities United Way Vice President of Marketing, Kathy Hollenhorst says, "Education is the core of being successful in life." Hollenhorst also hopes that the game will help "build pathways out of poverty."

Click here to play the game.