April 2015 – Present
Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Strengthening the Impact
THE SUNCOAST SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
THIS BOOK IS COOL! promotes a love of reading by celebrating high-quality children's books. We will begin taking registrations for 2022 THIS BOOK IS COOL! on Monday, March 21.
THIS BOOK IS COOL! is a series of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading. It premiered on June 1, 2020, and since then, thousands of children from across the Suncoast region have qualified to receive free books as a gift from The Patterson Foundation. In 2021, 9,192 children participated; combined, they read 182,648 books!Children who are registered for THIS BOOK IS COOL! will receive:
- 20 free books
- An activity guide with activities and word puzzles that correspond to the books
- Regular contact with a Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Engagement Team member
- Invitations to family engagement events throughout the summer
To maintain an active status in THIS BOOK IS COOL!, parents must submit a weekly total of the number of books their child has read.
*To qualify for THIS BOOK IS COOL!, you must be:
- A resident of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, or Sarasota counties
- Entering PreK-3rd grade
- Enrolled at a Title I school, eligible for free/reduced lunch, or have other demonstrable need
Remember friends, reading is the key to succeeding!
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE THIS BOOK IS COOL! WEBISODE LIBRARY
SUNCOAST REMAKE LEARNING DAYS
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading brought Remake Learning Days to Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
Suncoast Remake Learning Days, presented by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with the support of The Patterson Foundation, consisted of more than 140 events over 10 days hosted by more than 165 organizations, including schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media outlets, and more.
All the events were free and designed to be hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (PreK through high school) and their families, caregivers, and educators. Suncoast Remake Learning Days gave us all the opportunity to spark learning innovation. This festival was a fun and creative way to establish and affirm parents and families as learning allies.
Why does The Patterson Foundation support this local initiative?
What is the grade-level reading landscape in Charlotte County?
What is the grade-level reading landscape in DeSoto County?
What is the grade-level reading landscape in Manatee County?
What is the grade-level reading landscape in Sarasota County?
Who is working on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
- Lead Partner in Charlotte County: United Way of Charlotte County
- Lead Partner in DeSoto County: United Way Suncoast
- Lead Partner in Manatee County: United Way Suncoast
- Lead Partner in Sarasota County: Community Foundation of Sarasota County
In addition, there are dozens of nonprofits, schools, community organizations, and individuals are doing meaningful work related to the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
What is The Patterson Foundation’s role in the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
Rather than funding programs, The Patterson Foundation focuses on investing in a regional approach that supports the community-wide vision of success in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties.
The Patterson Foundation’s resources support the local coalitions through:
- Planning assistance
- Sharing national research and best practices with local coalitions
- State and national funding
- Expert knowledge sharing by bringing in speakers
- Fostering community connectivity as Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties seek ways to learn and share together
- Communications resources to amplify the work
Does the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading have a grant cycle?
How can I make a donation to the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative?
Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading resources—including intellectual capital, support, and funding—focus on the Suncoast CGLR partnership itself, rather than any project/study or program. For this reason, the Suncoast CGLR does not solicit or accept donations. United Way Suncoast, United Way of Charlotte County, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County stand ready to work with any donors interested in supporting Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, or Sarasota county efforts.
We encourage you to visit The Giving Partner to find an organization doing high-quality work in early learning or literacy. There are dozens of organizations in every county already doing meaningful work that will contribute positively to the solution areas identified by the nationwide campaign. As the campaign progresses, it will continue to harness the passion and enthusiasm of individuals and organizations making a difference through evidence-based work.
How can I volunteer with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative?
When the dangers surrounding the pandemic have subsided, there will be many opportunities to get involved. To stay informed about volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to sign up for the SCGLR newsletter and visit the website's volunteer section to find out about events scheduled near you.
Where can I learn more about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading?
Who can I contact about the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading initiative?
Why does The Patterson Foundation support the nationwide campaign?
Addressing one of the most critical issues of our time, The Patterson Foundation supports strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities as they come together to increase early literacy and improve the future for all children.
Why is early-childhood literacy very important?
Research shows that when children — especially those from asset-limited families — fail to read on grade level by the end of third grade they are more likely to drop out of high school and face an array of long-term negative consequences.
This problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates.
How are communities across the country working on this issue?
- School Readiness/Early Learning
- Summer Learning
- Family Engagement
- Health Determinants