Photo: SCGLR Logo and quote by Margaret Mead

SCGLR's 2020 Community Update Meetings: An energizing and inspirational week

Posted on November 02, 2020 by Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

What an energizing and inspirational week this has been. More than 260 passionaries attended one (or more) of our Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Update Meetings.

We were able to
  • come together virtually to reconnect to the importance of our shared mission
  • take a few moments to feel pride in receiving six 2019 Pacesetter honors (Click here to view the Pacesetter Video)
  • get a glimpse into THIS BOOK IS COOL! and the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge (Click here to view the THIS BOOK IS COOL! Summer Recap Video)
  • hear about the county-specific work happening across our region thanks to the outstanding presentations from Bronwyn Beightol, Angie Matthiessen, Kirsten Russell, and Nicole Light
  • learn about the valuable new tool put forth by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Florida Gap Map, beautifully presented by Jacki Dezelski, Justin Brand, Heather Kasten, and Ashley Coone
  • begin to investigate the possibilities of bringing Stronger Me, Stronger We to all four counties
  • and renew and affirm our commitment to the children of our region.
While I wish we could have safely gathered in person, your responses to our after-meeting survey show us you valued the time we could spend together virtually. Your supporting words continue to inspire and affirm the good work happening across our region. Many of you have asked for recordings of the meetings that you can share with others.

Manatee: Click here to view the recording of the Manatee County Community Update Meeting
Charlotte: Click here to view the recording of the Charlotte County Community Update Meeting
Sarasota: Click here to view the recording of the Sarasota County Community Update Meeting
DeSoto: Click here to view the recording of the DeSoto County Community Update Meeting

I hope you will share the pacesetter video and the THIS BOOK IS COOL! Summer Recap Video on social media and with your friends and colleagues through email. I’ll leave you with this quote to ponder….

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Thank you for all you do.

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