The Power of Presence
To harness the inherent power of Suncoast families and strengthen the parents who shape them, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), with support from The Patterson Foundation, began facilitating a series of book circles open to the community to explore The Power of Presence, written by Peabody Award-winning author Joy Thomas Moore.
(May 2019; total time: 6 minutes 22 seconds)
Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge Blast Off Event
On May 4, 2019, SCGLR hosted the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge Blast Off event. More than 300 individuals representing 90 summer camps and programs from a four-county region spent the day learning, sharing, and strengthening their abilities to combat the summer slide.
(March 2019; total time: 4 minutes 42 seconds)
Strive For Less Than Five Days Absent
This catchy jingle embodies the spirit of playfulness with a clear message: missing less than five days of school is hitting the mark of excellence! Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
(September 2018; total time: 1 minute 9 seconds)
Pop Up Neighbor through Laundry
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Laundry Project teamed up to hold #PopUpNeighbor events at SuperMatt Laundromat/Lavandería locations. Pop Up Neighbor events are unexpected opportunities where caring volunteers make real connections with individuals and families while alleviating the cost of laundry. For three hours, everyone who walked into the laundromat had their laundry fees paid, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation.
(August 2018; total time: 4 minutes 5 seconds)
Mind in the Making - A Learning Adventure
Mind in the Making workshops is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families, and professionals who work with children and families. Based on the book Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky, the series of workshops focuses on the seven essential life skills that every child needs now and to thrive in the future.
(June 2018; total time: 3 minutes 40 seconds)
Pilot Program Families at 2016 VROOM Pioneer Celebration
Three hundred families from Manatee and Sarasota counties became VROOM Pioneers by participating in a SCGLR pilot program sponsored by The Patterson Foundation. To celebrate the successful conclusion of the pilot program, a celebration for all the Pioneer families was held at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
(April 2016; total time: 2 minutes 58 seconds)
SCGLR at 2015 Remote Area Medical’s Clinic
In November 2015, Remote Area Medical held a clinic in Bradenton. Free medical, dental, and vision care were made available on a first-come, first-served basis. SCGLR, through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, was able to give a free book to each of the participating children and inform parents about Vroom, an app that turns everyday moments into brain-building moments.
(November 2015; total time: 2 minutes 48 seconds)
SCGLR's Educational Initiatives
Beth Duda, Director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, discusses the campaign’s educational initiatives in partnership with Sarasota County Schools.
(September 2017; total time: 9 minutes 1 second)