Polk Education Foundation’s AmeriCorps Polk Reads program recently received $8,580 in funding for their Building Better Readers program through an Impact Polk grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation. AmeriCorps Polk Reads is a tutoring and mentoring program designed to serve over 400 low performing Kindergarten thru third grade students during the school year.
Parents of Sarasota County first-graders with reading difficulties will likely see a dramatic improvement in their students’ skills this year. That’s because Reading Recovery, the internationally renowned remedial literacy program, is now available in all of the district’s 23 elementary schools.
Learn to Read of St. Johns County was awarded a one-year, $5,000 grant in July from Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition.
The funds will be used to implement a health literacy program to benefit its English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) classes.
In addition to providing strategy and capacity-building support, The Patterson Foundation has also helped the GLR Campaign’s communities stay connected to each other through a digital platform known as The Huddle, which enables more than 1,500 community leaders to learn from one another and share promising practices.
Beyond support for the national Campaign, The Patterson Foundation is engaged in ongoing GLR Campaign efforts in its home state of Florida — including work with the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign, which guides the work of 16 communities statewide committed to the GLR Campaign’s goals. It is also a lead funder of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which encompasses Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Suncoast Campaign has earned a variety of accolades for its work to help children achieve grade-level reading proficiency, including a Pacesetter Honor, one of the highest awards presented by the GLR Campaign, and the prestigious All-America City Award.
The Patterson Foundation recently contributed $250,000 to the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which seeks to increase reading proficiency among children in low-income families. Since 2013, The Patterson Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to support the campaign’s early literacy efforts.
The foundation’s latest contribution helps fund an “enterprise hub” that will provide case studies and best practices for the more than 300 communities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada that participate in the campaign.
To strengthen early literacy efforts nationwide, The Patterson Foundation recently contributed $250,000 to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national movement to increase reading proficiency among children in low-income families. The foundation has been an enterprise funder for the Campaign since 2013, providing more than $1 million in multilayered funding, including strategy and capacity-building support.
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacyhas tapped Mark Kaplan to serve as the chairman of the board. The organization announced recently that Kaplan, the vice president of public affairs at Mosaic, will serve as chairman of the 2017-18 Board of Directors. Kaplan, according to the literacy organization, brings extensive legal and policy background to the board, as well as expertise in finance and education.
Debra Jacobs, the president and CEO of the Patterson Foundation, Beth Duda, the director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-level Reading, and United Way of Manatee chief operating officer Bronwyn Beightol each shared ways their entities were helping students and encouraged business leaders to get involved.
Reading proficiency by third grade is one of the best predictors of a child’s long-term academic, social and economic success. Eighty percent of low-income children fail to read proficiently in fourth grade, compared with 49 percent of more affluent students, the U.S. Department of Education has reported.
To tackle that problem, the Suncoast Campaign has drawn together both counties’ school districts and library systems, the Sarasota Housing Authority, the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, the Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and numerous other government agencies and civic organizations.
This year, the awards focused on communities engaged in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which is being implemented in more than 300 regions and more than 40 states across the country. That campaign works to increase the number of students who are reading at or above grade-level by the end of third grade.
The National Civic League cited the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s ability to “innovatively engage families” in the effort to increase reading proficiency.