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The Patterson Foundation Invests 250,000 Dollars in the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

December 09, 2019
SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2019) – Continuing its support for the nationwide movement to increase childhood success among children in asset-limited families, The Patterson Foundation has contributed an additional $250,000 to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign). The foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Campaign, contributing more than $1.5 million to strengthen its efforts while providing strategy and capacity-building support as an Anchor Funder since 2013.

This contribution will support the national network of communities working to build better futures for America’s asset-limited children by ensuring all children read on grade-level by the end of third grade. The GLR Campaign includes more than 300 communities in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

“The momentum behind the nationwide movement toward third-grade success is vibrant in The Patterson Foundation’s home region, where these vital efforts continue to strengthen futures for our children and the families supporting their success,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “This momentum is proof of what is possible when we pull together our collective aspirations and strive to connect, share, and learn from each other.”

The GLR Campaign seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to find solutions for one of the major obstacles in the pathway out of poverty — failure to read proficiently by the end of third grade. Currently, 80 percent of children from asset-limited families are not reaching this milestone.

The GLR Campaign works with communities to engage a broad base of stakeholders to improve school readiness, attendance, and summer learning opportunities, which are key to a child’s future academic success. In addition, it emphasizes strategies to help parents serve as their children’s first teachers while connecting families with health resources to reduce societal challenges associated with reading on grade-level.

“The Patterson Foundation has been steadfast in its understanding of and support for our community mobilizing strategy,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “We are grateful for this grant and ongoing support.”

Beyond this gift, The Patterson Foundation is engaged in ongoing GLR Campaign efforts in Florida, including working with the Florida Grade-Level Reading Campaign and serving as a lead partner of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which encompasses Charlotte, DeSoto, 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 multiple Pacesetter Honors, one of the highest awards presented by the GLR Campaign, and the prestigious All-America City Award. This year, the Suncoast Campaign was recognized as one of six communities to receive Pacesetter Honors for all three of the GLR Campaign’s criteria for the award.

To learn more about The Patterson Foundation, visit The Patterson Foundation's website. Visit the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's website for more information about the Campaign.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit www.thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to promote early school success for those children currently on the high-risk side of the achievement gap. To date, our efforts have helped to spark a “grassroots to governors” movement for ensuring early school success, advancing grade-level reading and reducing chronic absence as important policy priorities. More than 4,100 organizations have formed “big tent” sponsoring coalitions in 300+ communities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alberta, Canada. To learn more, visit gradelevelreading.net and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.

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