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January 24, 2019

Fight for Grade-Level Reading Podcast Episode: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) George Trautman of Mission: Readiness

One of the great things about working to improve the outcomes of young children is that there is a wide spectrum of people and organizations who recognize the importance of the effort and are willing to participate — many of those come to the fight for a lot of different reasons.

That’s the case with Mission Readiness, a group of retired generals and admirals that advocate for early-childhood education, healthy school meals, and physical activity in schools. As the number of young Americans who qualify for military service declined, they looked at the root causes and decided to get involved.

This week we talk to Lt. Gen. (Ret.) George Trautman of Mission: Readiness about how early-childhood education impacts U.S. military readiness.

Stick around after the interview for a quick guide to getting your story into the local media.

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Omny, Google Podcasts or by searching in your favorite podcast app. If you want to know why we’re doing this podcast, here’s some background.

Herald-Tribune also wants to hear from you. Share your experiences in the fight for grade-level reading by connecting at, or by leaving a message at 941-361-4820. You can also record a voice memo on your phone and email it to them — they may include some of those messages in future episodes of the podcast.

This story comes from a partnership between the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Herald-Tribune, funded by The Patterson Foundation, to cover school readiness, attendance, summer learning, healthy readers and parent engagement. Read more stories at

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