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October 13, 2022

Opening the Cookie Jar: Collaborating on Suncoast Remake Learning Days 2023

Kellie Alexander, TPF Fellow 2022/23

Editor’s Note: Join the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for the Suncoast Remake Learning Days Holiday Kickoff. Click here for details and to register for this in-person experience at Selby Public Library on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, from 3:00p-5:00p.


At The Patterson Foundation (TPF), TPFers often talk about sharing cookies. This metaphor pertains to situations where community members open up to share knowledge, skills, and resources. If we leave the lid on the cookie jar too long, they become stale, but when we all share our cookies and replenish the stock, we all benefit.

In September, TPF released a series of Webversations over Zoom to present Suncoast Remake Learning Days (SRLD) 2023. Remake Learning Days Across America highlights innovative experiences and opportunities for youth and participants of all ages to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance, and curiosity through organized learning themes, including Arts, Maker, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, and Youth Voice.

Remake Learning Days is returning to the Suncoast region for its second year on April 21-30, 2023, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation and teamwork from the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

During SRLD Webversations, Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presents information about SRLD and includes time to share, connect, and ask questions. After learning about the success of SRLD 2022 and details about how to take part in 2023, the group virtually travels into Zoom breakout rooms to discuss ideas collaboratively. There is something new to learn from incredible, passionate community leaders each time.

During these Webversations, participants open their cookie jars in hopes that we will all benefit from sharing ideas and resources. Regardless if participants collaborate on an event or an organization offers a venue to another to host an event, there is much to be gained from working together and sharing cookies.

Beth states, “A successful SRLD event requires three important elements: high-quality content, a family-friendly venue, and an audience. Some organizations already have all three components, but many have one or two and are quite eager to partner with others to complete their set.

The importance of the relationships built due to these collaborations was evident during a recent Webversation as returning organizations expressed, “the gathering felt like a family reunion.”

Want to learn more about SRLD 2023 or already know you want to take part? Join a Webversation in October or January.

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