The Suncoast Campaign for

Grade-Level Reading

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) is a four-county effort in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida

to help children from birth through 3rd grade, especially those from asset-limited families, succeed in life by ensuring they read on grade level.
We are proud to be part of the more than 390 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading communities in 44 states across the nation and in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.
The Patterson Foundation is the regional accelerator with county specific work led by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast, and United Way of Charlotte County.

What’s New



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. This year, 4,014 children are registered [not including kiddos participating in their summer camps]! It’s going to be an incredible summer of learning!

Children who are registered for THIS BOOK IS COOL! 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

For folks who still want to participate, we encourage you to check out these books from your local library and follow along here. Activity guides are located in each grade level and are connected to their corresponding webisode.

Remember friends, reading is the key to succeeding!

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference – Volunteer and join the movement! We count on volunteers to help strengthen the campaign by assisting in the solution areas to move the needle of progress for kids in our community.

Stronger Me, Stronger We

Stronger Me, Stronger We gives community members the opportunity to virtually connect in small groups and build their knowledge and skills. Each Stronger Me, Stronger We offering is comprised of several one-hour Zoom sessions.

Community Events

Learn more about how we are connecting, learning, and sharing together to build trust so that relationships are deepened and new possibilities can begin to emerge.

Stay up to Date

We look forward to sharing engaging news and updates with you! We have personalized lists to fit your exact needs. SCGLR’s Family Engagement Newsletter – monthly newsletter for parents, caregivers, early educators, and anyone who loves kids. SCGLR Newsletter is a monthly newsletter geared toward people, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media to catalyze efforts toward shared aspiration
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