From Ordinary To Extraordinary

From Ordinary To Extraordinary

Posted on June 05, 2023 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

Dear Readers,

The Patterson Foundation strives to be a catalyst for good in our world, strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities engaged in shaping our future. Rather than arriving with the answer, we focus on creating opportunities to foster connecting, learning, sharing, evolving, and strengthening among these changemakers — all with an emphasis on generating long-term impact ​​in ways that foster wider participation. No single entity or program has all of the answers — rather, by working together, we create new realities.

Debra JacobsSuncoast Remake Learning Days, a recent endeavor of our Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative, personifies that focus. A regional extension of a worldwide movement, Suncoast Remake Learning Days celebrates the bountiful learning opportunities that exist all around us during a 10-day festival stretching across Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.

Like the Suncoast Campaign, Remake Learning Days recognizes that learning happens everywhere, especially during a child’s early years. That extends well beyond school hours and into the summer months, leading to potential gaps in their education — but also a strong opportunity to fill them. Connecting our children and their families to learning experiences outside of the classroom can supplement and lend texture to their lessons in school while helping them create new memories together.

The Patterson Foundation invested significant time and resources toward helping our region realize this aspiration, providing a platform for the nonprofit organizations, parks, libraries, businesses, and other local entities behind these everyday educational opportunities to come together, learning from and sharing with one another while developing fun ways to stimulate our children’s curiosity and wonder. Several collaborations among these invaluable Suncoast Remake Learning Days event hosts have evolved into longer-term partnerships that continue to strengthen our region’s educational programs and offerings — an impact that extends well beyond the 10-day festival.

This edition of Beyond The Blog features live snapshots of the children and families enjoying the fun, memorable educational experiences catalyzed through Suncoast Remake Learning Days, along with the perspectives of the TPFers who dedicated months of spirited effort toward fostering the connecting, learning, sharing, evolving, and strengthening that brought them to life.

With joy for the learnings sparked to date and the new realities that emerge,

Debra

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