Manatee County Celebrates Reach Out and Read Month

April 03, 2017
SARASOTA, Fla. (April 3, 2017) – To raise awareness about the importance of early learning, the Board of County Commissioners of Manatee County is scheduled to present a proclamation Tuesday, April 4 announcing that April 2017 will be Reach Out and Read Month.

School readiness is one of the key solution areas of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading because early learning directly influences a child's ability to learn and succeed in school. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, through funding from The Patterson Foundation, United Way of Manatee County, the Manatee Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is bringing Reach Out and Read to our region. Reach Out and Read is a school readiness program that incorporates books into pediatric care.

Through Reach Out and Read, pediatricians give families prescriptions to read by providing developmentally appropriate books for children from 6 months to 5 years old and advising parents about the importance of reading aloud.

WHO: The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

WHAT: Board of County Commissioners of Manatee County will present a proclamation announcing that April 2017 will be Reach Out and Read Month

WHERE: Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4 at 9 a.m.

WHY: Reading proficiency is critical to a child’s success in school and in life. In Manatee County, 50 percent of children are unable to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Through programs like Reach Out and Read, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is working to ensure that all children develop the skills needed to be ready for school and to read successfully.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Bronwyn Beightol, chief operating officer of United Way of Manatee County
Susie Bowie, executive director of the Manatee Community Foundation
Beth Duda, director of Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for The Patterson Foundation

About Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide effort in Manatee and Sarasota counties to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school and life by ensuring they read on grade level by the end of third grade. For more information, please visit www.gradelevelreadingsuncoast.net

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