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Community Education at the Manatee County Fair

For an exciting 10 days in January, the Manatee County Fair was the place to be. Each night, thousands of children, adults and families walke…

The Role of Medicaid in the Quest for Grade-Level Reading

If you have been following the reporting of Maggie Clark and her team on the Medicaid crisis in Florida in the Herald-Tribune, you know that …

Attendance Awareness Featured at the Manatee County Fair

Kami Lake did a double take as she walked past the Suncoast Campaign for the Grade-Level Reading Booth at the Manatee County Fair.  She pause…

Suncoast Vroom Pilot Data Illustrates Positive Parent Reactions

In spring 2015, several people from Florida’s Suncoast attended a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading conference in San Francisco. It was a wond…

Celebrating Regional Attendance Awareness Poster Contest Winners

We began with 38,000 students creating posters for the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, and end…

Circus Sarasota Partnership Honors Poster Contest Winners

A main pillar of The Patterson Foundation is “Partners with a Purpose,” which is all about encouraging purposeful collaboration. If you have …

Bridging the Gap Between Pre-K and Kindergarten

The key to the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s goal of all children reading at grade level by the end of third grade is quality p…

Connections Provide Thousands of Books for Suncoast Children

For those who know The Patterson Foundation and its approach, the term “connective tissue” will be very familiar. Because we learn new words …

Joining Forces for Read Across America Day

Embracing Our Differences (EOD) is a not-for-profit organization that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open th…

We Won!

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading participated in Community Youth Development’s (CYD) Gingerbread Festival in early December. Our…

The Foundation for Successful Society Is Built in Early Childhood

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a series featuring Vroom. “The foundation for successful society is built in early childhood…

Vroom, Books and More at the Gingerbread Festival

A favorite Buddy the Elf quote is: “I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice-skating, and maybe eve…

Nurturing RAM’s Service the Community

Editor’s Note: Richard Conard, MD served as director of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) event in Bradenton, which the Suncoast Campaign for Gra…

Remote Area Medical and Suncoast Campaign Promoting Healthy Readers

Author’s note: Through funding by The Patterson Foundation, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading had a booth at the Remote Area Medi…

Taking Vroom to the Hispanic Fall Festival

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading participated in the Hispanic Fall Festival on Sunday, Nov. 7 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Sunco…

Vroom: Learning to Read Begins at Birth

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a series featuring Vroom. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a communitywide ef…

Every Day Counts: The Results

During the summer of 2015, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading began working with the School District of Manatee County and Sarasot…

Attendance Works Director Praises Suncoast Reading Efforts

I wanted to say thank you so very much for this opportunity to see first-hand the work that is emerging from the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-…