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Game Changer Village Academy Head Start Students Receive STEAM Lab

Release Date: 
05/04/2018

Before many of the early education students at Village Academy can understand what an architect or software developer actually does, they will be learning hands-on what the basics entail.

The opportunity to explore a physics playground or the marine sciences is thanks to a recent grant from PNC Bank to add a STEAM Lab.

The opening of the lab was part of a culmination of a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative to enhance preschool education.

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Editorial: Focus on literacy key for south Manatee

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01/27/2018

The group’s members will focus on advancing literacy but, as research and experience have shown, success will depend upon their ability to connect the community and its members to services that many residents of Manatee and our region take for granted: prenatal health for mothers and babies; day care for infants, and pre-kindergarten schooling for toddlers; safe neighborhoods; books for children and training in vocabulary-building; better elementary schools; adequate nutrition; affordable housing and more.

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Community Foundation staff, donors read to Gocio students

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10/26/2017

Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde joined Vice Chair Nelle Miller and other board members and donors in reading to Gocio Elementary School second-graders. And they came bearing gifts. 

Each student received a copy of “Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures.” Students followed along in their books as readers recounted Flat Stanley’s harrowing adventures through the pyramids.

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United Way Reading Room Opens at La Mirada in Manatee

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10/25/2017

Early literacy is a key pillar in United Way Suncoast’s mission to break the cycle of generational poverty. We know that children who aren’t reading at grade level by 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school, so we seek every opportunity to prepare our youngest residents for future success.

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Your good news in Polk County

Release Date: 
10/23/2017

United Way of Central Florida Success By 6 received money from the GiveWell Community Foundation for the Imagination Library with the staff and children at Salvation Army’s HALO Center in Lakeland. The children received a copy of “The Little Engine that Could” and participated in many hands-on activities.

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At Fruitville Elementary fair, the science of spinners and more

Release Date: 
10/23/2017

The Sarasota County School District has upped their STEM efforts in the past few years, including through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation-sponsored STEMsmart Initiative, as institutions nationally look to make those programs more accessible to students to make the country more competitive in the global economy.

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