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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THIS BOOK IS COOL! — The Sequel

Summer 2021. Check! That’s a wrap. Yes, it’s 90 degrees outside today. Yes, it still feels like summer. Yes, this has been a summer like no o…

Summer Learning Teamwork, a Pursuit of Excellence in Action

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) centers our work around five pillars: School Readiness (the 0-5 years) Attendance Summ…
Lizzy the Literacy Bus

Dreams Really Do Come True

It was the summer of 2018, and Charlotte County applied for and joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in partnership with the …
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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…
THIS BOOK IS COOL!

Crafting with a Purpose

Editor’s Note: Registration for THIS BOOK IS COOL! 2021 will open on March 22. I’ve always been one to appreciate a creative outlet, but I ha…
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SCGLR Summer 2021, Full Steam Ahead!

Recently, 25+ engagement team members hopped on Zoom to begin diving into the upcoming Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge. You’d probably imag…
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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 …
Photo: Two children sitting inside a car showing off thier new books.

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 …

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 …
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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This Book REALLY is Cool!

As we walked into the post office loaded with boxes of carefully curated books, I couldn’t contain the giggle that exploded from my lips. Ant…
Photo: Inaugural TPF Fellow Hannah Saeger Karnei and TPF Fellow John Ferguson

Summer Reading with a side of TPF Fellows

As Fellows at The Patterson Foundation, it’s a joy and privilege to be a part of so many exciting projects across all of the initiatives. Whi…
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