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…

THIS BOOK IS COOL!

Research spanning 100 years has proven that students experience up to 2.5 months of academic learning loss when they are out of school for th…
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…
Heidi and Charlie sitting at a table with eating breakfast with Heidi's service dog, Holly laying down underneath the table

No Obstacles

I have heard that the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity is mindset. A situation viewed as an obstacle to one person might be…
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Summer + Learning = Fun

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading kicked off the 2019 Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge as an effort to prevent the summer slide. Nin…
summer-learning-week: kids reading indoors in tents

Verano + Aprendizaje = Diversión

La Campaña para Lectura a Nivel de Grado del Suncoast inició el Reto de Lectura de Verano del Suncoast 2019 como un esfuerzo para evitar la p…
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