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Soar in 4: Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Bags

Soar in 4 is a community education program, aligned with the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, that was created in 2016 as a respons…
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Perspective is Key: Stronger Me, Stronger We — Team Calm

One of the seven essential life skills in Mind in the Making is “Perspective-Taking.” Mind in the Making says Perspective-taking goes beyond …
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They Say Money Can’t Buy Happiness. Here’s Proof, Quarters Can!

Editor’s Note: All names have been changed to protect personal privacy. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) just completed…
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Behind-the-scenes with THIS BOOK IS COOL!

A previous blog post discussed THIS BOOK IS COOL! (TBIC) and the amount of work poured into the program to ensure that children, even during …
2019 Pacesetter Honors

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 2019 Pacesetter Honors

As a driving force of innovation, impact, and improvement in its work to support early school success, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level …
Families touched by SCGLR

Milestones

Most, if not all of us, find cause to celebrate or honor major milestones in our lives—births and birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversa…
Team Adventurous

Off to a Great Start

It’s an exciting time to participate in Mind in the Making (MITM) with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR)! Not only are we…
Stronger Me, Stronger We

Stronger Me, Stronger We

Times of uncertainty demand the very best from all of us. Over the past several months, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR)…
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DeSoto students “Dive into Reading” to prevent the summer slide

When the pandemic struck in early March, school districts across the nation had to make the swift transition to virtual learning. In rural De…
Angie Matthiessen, executive director of United Way of Charlotte County

Leave the Summer Slide on the Playground

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Port Charlotte Sun on September 19, 2020. Angie Matthiessen is the executive director …
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This Book Is Cool! Program Fights the Summer Slide and the COVID-19 Slump

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Early Learning Nation. K.C. Compton is a Seattle-based journalist enjoying life as a …
Mind in the Making Coffee Chats

We added two more “Cs”

Editor’s Note: Based on the book Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky, Mind in the Making training modules draw on brain development research…

The Heart of Philanthropy

When I think about philanthropy, I often ponder the systems, the actors, the intricacies behind giving (of time, talent, treasure, and testim…
Photo: Abby Rolland, TPF Fellow 2020/21 in front of her book shelf with two books from THIS BOOK IS COOL!

A New Program, Extraordinary Work, Endless Possibilities

On August 3, 2020, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) uploaded its 100th webisode of THIS BOOK IS COOL! (TBIC). Spanning t…
SCGLR THIS BOOK IS COOL! Engagement Team Members

Unexpected Summer

I would never have thought that I would have the chance to experience a fulfilling and inspirational summer during these crazy times! I came …
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VLOG: “An Interactive Journey of Togetherness: Why I need you and why you need me”

Cedric Hameed guided online guests through an interactive journey of spoken word poetry. Participants created and shared poems that began wit…
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Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Celebrated as National Pacesetter for Sixth Consecutive Year

As a driving force of innovation, impact, and improvement in its work to support early school success, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level …
Photo: Kids participating in THIS BOOK IS COOL!

The Potency of Kindness

When I joined the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge team in late February, I was pumped for summer to start. We were going to be deep in the …
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