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…

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Receives National Recognition for THIS BOOK IS COOL!

The national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has honored the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as a Bright Spot community in 2021. T…

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! at Samoset Elementary School!

Nine excited teachers. Nine welcoming classrooms. An engaged principal. And more than 100 children receiving three books each for their home …
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…
Stronger Me, Stronger We -- THIS BOOK IS COOL!

THIS BOOK IS COOL! Family Fun Reading Club

Editor’s Note: Laurie Miller, an SCGLR Engagement Team member, has successfully adapted the THIS BOOK IS COOL! webisode series into an offeri…
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Starting in the Middle: My experiences with THIS BOOK IS COOL!

Sometimes, coming into a program in the midst of it can be an adventure and an important learning experience.  You begin the journey by learn…
Photo: Behind the scenes of THIS BOOK IS COOL!

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 …
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)…
summer-learning

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 …
J-Ferguson-Vlog

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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