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

Local Community Leaders 'Champion' Literacy

During the December Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) meeting, five local Champions – Dr. Fran Adams, Judi Miller, Ray Oglethorpe, Barry Tatem, and Chief Keith Touchberry – were honored for their efforts to ensure 90 percent of Indian River County students are reading on grade level by the third grade.

Each year The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading [a nationwide collaborative created to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school] honors individuals who support early literacy. In 2018, 47 communities identified Champions - volunteers, educators, school and civic leaders and public officials - nominated for their support.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s honorees into the GLR Council of Champions and privileged to work with such outstanding leaders,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Their leadership helps to ensure that communities are ‘connecting the dots’ to ensure early school success. Moving the needle on grade-level reading takes consistent two-generation supports and interventions, and our Champions’ contributions in these solutions areas are driving the bigger outcomes and game-changing impact that assure more hopeful futures for the next generation.”

Each of these champions of literacy brings something different to the Moonshot Moment movement and The Learning Alliance's goal to create an ecosystem for early learning.

Dr. Fran Adams, retired School District of Indian River County superintendent and “grandmother” to the Moonshot Moment recognized the need for change to curb the tide of growing illiteracy and welcomed The Learning Alliance as a partner. In 2012, Adams acknowledged the county was facing a literacy crisis. She recognized that schools could not bring about change alone and adopted the Moonshot Moment goal to have 90 percent of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

After retiring, Adams re-doubled her efforts, joining The Learning Alliance Board [the backbone organization of Moonshot Moment] as well as the Board of the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative, a newly formed 501(c)3 born out of the Moonshot Moment. She facilitates monthly Moonshot Community Action Network meetings and continues to be an inspirational speaker and active community leader, engaging schools and the community in addressing our children’s literacy needs.

Judi Miller, CEO of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties, is an integral part of the MCAN leadership team where she uses Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs as examples to showcase the power of collaboration.

Miller's passion for early literacy stems from not having read until she was in the eighth grade and the devastating effects that can have. She implemented effective, school-based-reading mentor programs in Kindergarten through third grade.

Former president of AOL, Ray Oglethorpe, current Learning Alliance chairman of the board is one of the principal founders and a significant supporter of the Moonshot Moment. In 2012, he played an integral role in the creation of the BHAG (big hairy aggressive goal) to achieve the county's Moonshot Moment goal.

It was Oglethorpe's vision to expand evidence-based programs to the entire school district that launched the county-wide endeavor. His business acumen and passion for creating a literate society have been pivotal in growing the philanthropic base that funds Moonshot Moment programs. An active leader and spokesperson, Oglethorpe credits reading and education as the key factor in determining his success. He grew up in a coal town in western Pennsylvania where most people do not leave or expect to have an international career.

Moonshot Reading Rocket’s lead volunteer, Barry Tatem, takes his role to support Moonshot Moment outreach to the “Moon and back” traveling from Florida to Denver, Colo. in 2017 and Philadelphia, Penn. in 2018. The Rocket’s “wingman” volunteers several hours each week and has provided support for more than 300 engagements rendering access to literacy experiences.

Fellsmere Police Chief Keith Touchberry recognizes literacy as a path out of poverty and has embraced the Moonshot Moment Movement by transporting the Moonshot Bookmobile; reading in the schools to provide positive role models; presenting the Moonshot message to the community; and through the development of the Moonshot Cadets and Kids program, which partners police academy cadets with third-grade students.

In John F. Kennedy's address at Rice University in 1962, he said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” That's precisely what these Champions have done.

About The Learning Alliance

At The Learning Alliance, our work is predicated on the question: What does it take to achieve 90 percent literacy by third grade such that we create literate, compassionate, creative citizens who will improve our world? We are a catalyst for innovation and collaboration supporting the Moonshot Moment 90 percent literacy transformative goal by arming front-line educators, parents, and community leaders with the tools, knowledge, and support necessary for success. Through innovative, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning, we empower teachers to transform children’s lives. Through partnerships with the School District of Indian River County, Indian River State College, community leaders, and civic youth organizations in our community, we hope to create local solutions that can serve as a model for the nation.

For more information about The Learning Alliance, please visit thelearningalliance.org or call 877-548-READ (7323).