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June 29, 2023

Suncoast Remake Learning Days Celebration Breakfast

Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

On June 23, 2023, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Patterson Foundation hosted the Suncoast Remake Learning Days Celebration Breakfast at Michaels on East. Over 260 community leaders attended the event. You can view Dale Smith’s photos here.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days, a free 10-day regional learning festival, took place from April 21 to April 30, 2023, in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The festival was a resounding success, attracting more than 25,000 attendees. With the participation of various organizations such as schools, museums, libraries, after-school programs, early child care centers, universities, and media outlets, the festival showcased over 200 events that emphasized hands-on, relevant, and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (PreK through high school) as well as their families, caregivers, and educators.

The learning events were categorized into themes: Arts, Maker Spaces, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, and Youth Voice. Additionally, there were Professional Development opportunities available for parents and educators.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days provided a platform for fostering learning innovation and establishing parents and families as learning allies in a fun and creative manner.

To recap the Suncoast Remake Learning Days Celebration Breakfast on June 23, 2023, attendees were asked to reflect on the event and note their points of pride. Here are some highlights:

  • Participants expressed their desire for Suncoast Remake Learning Days to become an annual event.
  • The level of family participation was remarkable.
  • The abundance of laughter and joy.
  • The connections formed within the community.
  • The community coming together.
  • The high level of participation and positive reception of the events.
  • Inclusion of parents and children in the activities.
  • Multi-generational participation.
  • Numerous opportunities for meaningful connections.
  • The joy of experiencing reading in a different and meaningful way.
  • Helping parents understand that learning can and should be fun and engaging.
  • Exciting learning opportunities.
  • Outstanding parent engagement.
  • The variety of learning opportunities.
  • Spreading awareness among kids and families.
  • The excitement experienced throughout the festival.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days 2023 was an enormous success due to the dedication, creativity, care, and hard work of the community innovators who collaborated to organize this learning festival. The Celebration Breakfast acknowledged the collective effort that resulted in over 25,000 individuals attending 200+ events across four counties in just ten days. As a grand finale, Ben Tollefson and Laurie Miller, members of the Engagement Team, led the more than 260 attendees in the first-ever Suncoast Remake Learning Days “Musical Jam.” Watch this video to witness these community leaders working together to express the wonder, curiosity, and joy of Remake Learning Days.


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