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June 19, 2024

The Magic of Suncoast Remake Learning Days

Avery Crews Prado de Lima, TPF Fellow 2023/24

Imagine a community where an emphasis on learning in unique and engaging ways is central to our day-to-day lives and where community and family engagement is not merely an aspiration. Suncoast Remake Learning Days (SRLD) 2024 provided a small peek into what this might look like.

From April 20 through May 4, 2024, 304 events were held in partnership with 277 community partners across Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. These events welcomed 36,500 community members who engaged in events ranging from water dance celebrations, radio camps, lessons in Chinese, veterinary school, mad science, exploring a virtual reality world, and much, much more. Families could engage with various community partners and learn about their services and resources, while community partners built new relationships and fostered opportunities for future collaboration.

While I had the privilege to work with each of these hosts to support all 304 events, I wanted to highlight three events I attended and share some photos that convey the magic of these fifteen days.

Celebrate Earth Day with The Bay
This SRLD event was held at The Bay Park Conservancy in partnership with Art Center Sarasota, First 1,000 Days, Ride & Paddle, Sarasota County Butterfly Club, Sidewalk Science Center, Southface Sarasota, and Wholehearted Education. It focused on exposing participants to various community organizations and offering diverse ways to celebrate Earth Day, including learning about the lifecycle of butterflies with real butterflies and caterpillars, taking home free trees to plant, practicing yoga that connects with nature, and enjoying many other activities.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days Radio Camp
This SRLD event was held in partnership with WSLR LP 96.5 FM and focused on diving into the world of radio broadcasting. Participants were able to take part in the process of creating a radio show on community radio, made silk screen shirts to commemorate the day, and had the opportunity to share their voices with the community. Three radio shows were created, “A Show without a Name,” “Space Pirates,” and “Ghosts Radio,” each as unique as the participants that created them.


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