The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is celebrating national Summer Learning Day July 14 with partners throughout the region and events benefiting area children and families during the summer months.
The first, Days of Hope, is a series of events sponsored by Hope Kids Community and hosted by area churches to serve children in need in our community. These back-to-school events provide students basic items to begin the first day of school, free medical and eye exams, a back-to-school photo, gift cards for school supplies, uniforms, shoes, backpacks and a care bag filled with personal care items.
Nineteen church partners are participating this year at 12 locations. With support from The Patterson Foundation, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will donate 2,400 children’s books to provide a book to every child who participates.
In Manatee County, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas this summer. Bradenton Kiwanis Club’s 6th Annual Christmas in August event is Sat. Aug. 6 at McKechnie Field.
This event provides homeless children with basic assistance needed to prepare for school. Children receive much-needed gifts, including backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, toiletry products, medical and dental exams, and gift cards to purchase shoes and clothing. Nearly 20 nonprofit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs and Library Youth Services, are on hand to offer supportive services to families.
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will provide 1,000 children’s books to the Christmas in August event with the hope that the recipients will read, reread, and treasure these books for many years to come.
Vroom booths will be at all of these events to share the early-learning power of the Vroom app with the parents of young children.
Thanks to the Days of Hope host locations!
– Church of the Palms
– Church of the Redeemer
– Myakka City Church
– Sarasota Baptist Church
– The Shore Church
– Awaken Church
– Covenant Life Church
– First Church of Sarasota
– Salvation Army Church
– The Bridge Church
– Trinity United Methodist
– Christ Presbyterian Church
Bradenton Kiwanis Christmas in August
Sat., Aug. 6 at McKechnie Field