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We Asked, They Answered: Feedback from THIS BOOK IS COOL! Summer Reading

The interest in the 2021 THIS BOOK IS COOL! Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge was unprecedented from the start. Our goal of reaching 2,000 ch…
THIS BOOK IS COOL!

A Heartwarming Story of Impact

Editor’s Note: This story came to us through THIS BOOK IS COOL! summer connector, Renée Isrel.  The names in the story have been changed at t…
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EDUCATION: THE KEY TO ARCADIA’S FUTURE

Note: with special thanks to Catholic Charities Helen Rombalski and Clara Alvarez for sharing the impact of Stronger Me, Stronger We and THIS…
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Connecting with Books: Practical Nuggets

Often families are looking for practical ways to share books with their children. They ask about ways to bring books and learning to life, in…
Tomorrow.

Tomorrow.

Recently, I had the honor of helping put together the Run of Show (think party planning!) for our two summer blast-off events, THIS BOOK IS C…

Overheard While Preparing Books

Editor’s Note: If you are interested in volunteering with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, please visit SCGLR’s events calendar…

Reach Out and Read: New ways and processes to improve the system

There’s always room for improvement. That phrase may sound cliché and obvious, but I’ve learned from six years of experience working in multi…
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The Power of Presence

Power is often perceived as a taking, But there is power in the giving And in the forgiving of ourselves and others It’s nurturing. It’s empo…
EOD Family Engagement Night

EOD Family Engagement Night with Cedric Hameed

On March 2, 2021, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partnered with Embracing Our Differences to celebrate Embracing Our Differenc…
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…
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)…
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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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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Aspirations for a Seamless Transition from VPK to Kindergarten

An assumption could be made that most parents, teachers, and caregivers aspire to provide quality care for children. Evidence from many resea…
Photo: Parents and children from DeSoto County

DeSoto County: A Successful 2019, and a Keen Vision for GLR in 2020

Historically, DeSoto County’s third grade reading scores have hovered below 30%. In 2018, only 29% of third-grade students in the county were…
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“Brain Matters” Documentary Screening: Be Our Guest

Friends, Why is it that some children thrive while other’s do not? Is it a matter of genetics, IQ, socioeconomic background, or education? Ca…
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Urban Thinkspace, a Playground That Encourages Vital Parent Engagement

  A swing, a slide, and adults staring at smartphones. The swing and slide are staples at any playground, and the latter is becoming a …
Photo: father playing with his child at an urban thinkscape

Urban Thinkspace, un patio de juegos que fomenta la participación vital de los padres

  Un columpio, un tobogán y adultos mirando teléfonos inteligentes. El columpio y el tobogán son básicos en cualquier parque infantil, …
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