The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is coming home to Denver in June 2017. In many respects, Denver, Colo., is the birthplace of the GLR Campaign. In June 2012, 14 communities were recognized with the coveted title of All-America City for their focus on grade-level reading. And 124 communities signed on as Charter Members of the GLR Community Network.
A $50,000 grant from the Barancik Foundation will support SOAR’s educational programs through summer 2021.
What began as a small group of communities working together to find solutions for one of the major obstacles in the pathway out of poverty — the failure to read on grade-level by the end of third grade — has become a massive network of communities and cross-sector entities aligned in their commitment toward creating better futures for children and families through the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign).
Children in Manatee who participate in Reading Scores! this summer can receive a bevy of prizes for every six books they read.
The program admits school-age children, who attend a short information session, a shelter tour and a free book, courtesy of The Jim Moran Foundation. They're taught how to read an animal's body language in a stressful shelter setting. Some animals get very lonely being in a shelter environment and they enjoy the company. To encourage interaction, the young volunteers offer treats to animals when they approach the front of the kennel, positively reinforcing their behavior. Once the animals associate humans with happy things, they're more likely to interact with potential adopters and find their furever home.
Bush’s literacy initiative stands out because it became a lifelong passion. As first lady, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to raise awareness. Never satisfied – one of her endearing traits – she grew the foundation into one of action, with programs for preschoolers, elementary school students and adults.
In March 1989, mere weeks into her husband's presidency, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. ... Her daughter, Doro Bush Koch, is now the foundation's honorary chairwoman, and it is based in Tallahassee, where her son, Jeb, lived as Florida governor from 1999 until 2007.
Barbara Bush's failing health prevented her from personally attending the annual Celebration of Reading in Bonita Springs sponsored by her literacy foundation. But she was there: She Skyped in on a Friday in February.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder. Barbara Pierce Bush-a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy-passed away on April 17, 2018. Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.
John Horne said they had used the money to establish a fund for the program with the Manatee Community Foundation that had already garnered an additional $23,000 in donations. The Hornes said next year the program would expand to cover all five of Manatee's Title I elementary schools.