Contact Us Take The Pledge      
Transforming a Generation: 90% Literacy by Third Grade
Join the others who have taken the pledge:
Milli Wenzel, donna palmquist, Laurie Pedersen, Lisa McFaland, Christy Baer , East Coast Earthworks & Excavating, Elizabeth Stenger, F.A.C.T. Fellsmere Action Community Team, Sterling Bobbitt , Stacey Fletcher, Kim Klaus, Tisa Blidgen, Teri Dugan, LaTanya Morgan, Michele Smith, Barbara Johnson, Becky Warren, Sharon Klein, Cheryl Gondek, Patricia Mandell, Linda Hammerle, Isabel Marron , Kelley Williams, Tara Luton , Doug Glenn, Sonja Phillips, Kathleen Hamilton, Natalie Arbuckle, Celeste McWilliams, briana carter, Fidelity Investments, -1' 1, Gloria Severino, janice pagan, Jeff Miller, Mary Anne Sitkowski, Tabitha Johnston, Gifford Youth Activity Center, Vero Beach Police Department, Megan Falcone, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, Bent Pine Golf Club, Hayley Gondek, kelly baysura, ruth darrigo, Christine Sturgeon, Tammy Eriksen, Arianna Lagges, maria miranda, Cathy Durrett-Filusch, Gretchen DiVincenzo, Juelie Perry, Kristina Trahan, Lisa Segroves, Katie Collier, Elizabeth Pinkney, judy jones, Autumn Wheeler, Theresa Wagner, Sharon Klein, Janai Cooper, hannah kaufeh, Kidz Closet Charities, Ronda Weaver, Kelly Sartain, Wendi Adams, Kaori Fischer, Ashley Farruggio, Angela Bosman, Beth Livers, Michele Sternberg, Sharon Delo, GoldenTabs VlNDAmqBXuOUgPSzn, AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sister, Helene Caseltine, Heather Thompson, Helene Caseltine, Karen Newkirk, Heather Quigley, JIM BATORY, Robyn Bethel, Jessica Cox, Sandra Daniel, liz woody, keesha trusty, Elaine McGinty, Nicole Piontek, Jennifer Roberts, Diane Mahan, LaTanya Gibson, Elizabeth Falkiewicz, Isabel Marron , Dorie Shemo, Casey Dunn, Mark Farrell, Kelli Mejia, Toni Reukauf, Yasmin Medina, Christine Ryall, Angela Jawhar, Crystal Gothe, DOE-OEL, Nancy Blessing, Sherrie Hale, Debra Schroeder, renee fraker, Socorro Luna, Megan Falcone, cheryl gondek, Annie Brown, VBKA, Christina Hayes, Indian River County Chamber of, Michael Van Houten, Karen Taylor, Karen Disney, Lisa Guilmette, Joy Lukomski, Sharon Klein, Sophie Wood, Rebecca Turner, Sandy Hamrick, yaquelin andrade, Kathryn Woodall, Lori Nalls, Jennifer Croom, Lorri Dior, Angel Maldonado, Margaret Dawson-Brown, Bruce Green, Susan Del Tufo, Lillian Marsiglia, Amber Petry, Ramon Echeverria, Renee Boesch, yaquelin andrade, Rhonda McGilberry, Teri Dugan, Alejandrina Micket, sabrina fraga, Michelle Chandler, Devi Maharajh, John obrien, Bill McMullen, Hollie McDougall, Amy Speak, sharon butler, Farrah Lemanski, Deirdre Creech, Brittany Bailey, Katrena McMahan, Maureen Nicolace, STEPHANIE CLARK, Leslie Jones, Karen Newkirk, Tirso Moreno, Tessa House, Brooke Flood, Laura McGill, Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, Achillies Pace, Alaina McCloud, 1 -1', Cathryn Miquelon, allene moorehead, Jenna Chatfield, Kaori Fischer, Indian River Taekwondo Langlois, Kim Brady, Brenda Zamora, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Krishna Patel, Mary Strickler, Erin Hollander, Whole Child Indian River, Donna Hedgecock, Nicolas ospina de la hoz, Mike Gaudio, Janet Farmer, Kathryn Perez, Melinda Judson, Susan Rosier, Healthy Families, jacki decaro, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Nancy Blessing, Gloria Luna, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, sharon richards, Sue Sharpe, Jeanne Prince, Kirra OBrien, Carrie Spencer, Christina Lindgren, Paige Newinski, Dee Hollenbeck, test test, hannah kauferh, Clare Hughes, Elizabeth Pinkney, Janie Graves Hoover, Susan Rosier, Kelly Palmer, Kay Yurigan, Lisa Wheeler, Taylor Walker, Patrick Toole, Tricia Boyle, Nichole Harris, Kristen Jones, tommy collettit, Tina Campbell, Marisela Luna, Brittany Lindsey, Keondra Eberhardt, Susan Del Tufo, Dorie Shemo, Karen Malits, Narda Pitkethly, Rachel Holpfer, Christy Baer, Kevin Maloney, Jennifer Seifstein, 1 1, kari broomell, Dr. David Christiansen, Guillermina Walker, Mindy Lessem Pollack, Lydia Galbraith, MAry Grace Hektner, Jill Truax, Tracey Barker, Diane Bressner, 211/Help Me Grow, Tami Haffield, 1 1, Thomas Moore, Gina Sultaire, audrey colonna, Christina Lindgren, Vero Beach Magazine, Suzi Rusin, charlene bentien, Heidi Lourie, valerie conway, Linda Condit, Mary Graves, Lucy Roy-Delapaz, Fenia Hiaasen, Christopher Cummings, Kathy Minix, Rhonda McGilberry, Marsha Van Arman, Cynthia Jorgensen, belinda washimgton-davis, Heather Young, FRAN PERKINS, Emily Wick, Sara Goodman, carrie fernandez, Clare Hughes, joshua poindexter, Jennifer Durrett, Matt McManus, Cindi Ellis, Gisele Parker, Debra Barnesd, Traci McGough, Kathleen Nealy, Sherry White, Bridgette Diskin, Melissa Hall, Nancy Prizito, GEORGE JETT, Susan Del Tufo, Louis and Sara Smith, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc., Tara Miranda, Renee Lincoln, Raquel Searcy, Janet Alford, Margaret Autullo, Di Pugh, 1 -1', Hope Woodhouse , Heather Thompson, Mary Laquidara, Becky Levesque, Ana Renuart, Erica Thomas, Liz Tetreault, TLA, Andrea Cosner, buzz wurzer, kayla poindexter, Rose Brickles, Susan Del Tufo, Katherine Wolf, The Buggy Bunch, Nancy Sparkman, Emilia Jacobs, Stacey Klim, Tessa Stanley, Pamela Prange, JIM BATORY, Edward Shanaphy, Fidelity Investments, Vero Equine Riding Academy , Elizabeth Tetreault, Elias Medina, tommy collettit, Maria Ortiz, Heather Helton, Ramon Echeverria, Tiffany Carlsen, Tiffany Justice, Keith Touchberry, Laura Zorc, Ramon Echeverria, FELLSMERE ELEMENTARY, Liane McMullen, ISABELLA LAGGES, maria marron, Page Woodward, Matthew McManus, Jennifer Steele, Jody Houston, Gabrielle Wagner, Becky Allen, Kenny Carmichael, ggdxfg fdgfh, Kelli Mejia, Samantha Breen, Amy Kelly, jennifer roker, shelby dorris, Bobbie Donelson, Ralph Autullo, Donna Hedgecock, Lilibeth Ballina, Carolina Rojas, mardy hall, Judy Whalen, Kerilyn Ngom, Kimberly Robideau, Susan Rosier, Carol David, Dorothy Cominsky, Deborah Dillon, mardy hall, Andrea Cosner, Emily Jarrett, Randall Hunt, Dasie Hope Center, Lenora Ritchie, Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, Kim Klaus, Jamie Stalter, Lisa Bishop, audrey colonna, Kayla Chitty, Arlene Kahn, Heidi Lourie, Fellsmere Police Department FPD, Shanti Sanchez, Milli Wenzel, jennifer jackson, Dean Stewart Photography, Kelly Palmer, Lesley Lane, Shariea Shoatz, Kerilyn Ngom, Ralph Sunshine Acquisitions, Adam Faust, Agnieszka Szymanska, Carla Cundiff, Jeff The Bro, United Way of Indian River Co., Mary Ann Kalin, Amanda Stevens, Marta Cronin, mary kannapes, Michelle Bass, Jayne Becker, SHARYN A HAWKER, Barneyxcq yWxcSpFGWvTabbVDxz, Diane Donar, Susan Aguirre , Courtney Mellin, Melody M Englert, Ann Mathis, matt KdPIOvmNNItBy, ann prince, Marie OBrien, Therese Victoria, Pamela Miller, Nancy De La Hoz, shelby dorris, Kristi Challenor, Phoebe Beacham, jorge luis ramirez, Annie Brown, Lisa Guillette, Rebecca Blair, LaTanya Morgan, Nate & Kristen Bruckner, Dr. Connie Proskovec, Fourth Quadrant Partners, Patricia Mandell, -1' 1, Angel Maldonado, Emme Scheible, Patricia Beaudoin, parker hammond, Amanda Emanuel, uritayay, Kristin Culbreth, Leslie Connelly, elizabeth bahl, Shawna Carton, Mark yBzNyaFpSKdSM, Chuck Evans, Annie Brown, Shannon Gillen, Mary Kramek, Nancy De La Hoz, Maria Alvarez, Lisa Barnum,

Moonshot Moment Receives Pacesetter Award from Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The national news release is shown below, and can be viewed online here.

ContactPhyllis Jordan

301-656-0348

 

 

 

COMMUNITIES, STATES RECOGNIZED FOR INITIATIVES PROMOTING EARLY READING
 

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading honors cities, counties & states working to ensure more low-income students master reading by the end of third grade
 

 

Two states and 37 communities have been named 2013 Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an honor that recognizes their efforts to mobilize civic, business and community leaders to work with schools, libraries and other organizations toward the goal of improving early reading. 

The Pacesetters announcement marks the first of three announcements this year to recognize exemplary efforts and accomplishments of the 140 communities participating in the GLR Campaign, a nationwide movement to improve high school graduation rates by increasing the number of children from low-income families who hit the critical milestone of reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The 2013 Pacesetters are:

"These Pacesetter communities saw the potential and seized the opportunities presented by Summer Learning Day and Attendance Awareness Month," said Ralph Smith, managing director of the GLR Campaign and a senior vice president at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “Moreover, they took the time to share what they did and what they learned with other communities in the Grade-Level Reading Network."
 
Chronic absence and the summer slide are major challenges that keep children, especially those from low-income families, from mastering reading by the end of third grade. One in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students misses nearly a month of school each year, and those absences correlate with weaker third-grade reading skills. Likewise, students from low-income families can lose two to three months of reading skills each summer without some sort of engaging activity.
 
Recognizing this, the Pacesetters were among 79 communities from the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network that participated in Summer Learning Day in June, a national advocacy day designed to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning and strategies to address it. “High-quality summer learning experiences play a critical role in ensuring that students keep their skills on track and close the achievement gap,” said Sarah Pitcock, CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. “These communities have shown great dedication to strengthening summer learning opportunities so that all kids can succeed.”
 
In September, the Pacesetters were among 78 GLR communities that marked the first-ever nationwide Attendance Awareness Month by promoting the importance of regular school starting as early as preschool or by tracking and intervening with chronically absent students. “Too many absences for any reason can be one of the first signs that a student is headed off track for reading proficiency,” said Hedy Chang, director of Attendance Works. “These communities brought schools and local partners together to spread the word.”
The Pacesetters also shared their work and challenges on the GLR Campaign website’s Tell Our Story page.


The GLR Campaign named an initial set of Pacesetters in July 2012, recognizing leaders in school readiness, attendance or summer learning, as well as leadership in the nationwide effort. Later this year, the Campaign will recognize communities that are building exemplary messaging and communications efforts, as well as those emerging as practice and action leaders.

 

###

Launched in May 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that many more children from low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship. It focuses on reading proficiency by the end of third grade, a key predictor of high school graduation and a milestone missed by fully 80 percent of low-income children. For media inquiries, contact Phyllis Jordan at pjordan@thehatchergroup.com or 301-656-0348