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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Bright Spot Communities

COMMUNITIES HIGHLIGHTED FOR EXEMPLARY OR INNOVATIVE RESPONSES TO THE COVID CRISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) announced today the 54 communities that are Bright Spots for their responses to the COVID crisis last year.

Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis, including new or adaptive roles, programs, organizational relationships/collaborations, policies and/or resources. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period.

Some of the initiatives include the use of digital tools, virtual tutoring, summer lunch programs, learning pods, books and learning resources distribution, community-wide COVID relief funds and other programs.

A collaborative effort by funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship, CGLR focuses on promoting early school success as an important building block of more hopeful futures for children in economically challenged families and communities.

We applaud the civic leaders and local funders whose time, talent, energy and imagination allowed them to quickly adapt and meet this moment. They truly are ‘bright spots’ and we congratulate them for the differences they’re making. We look forward to learning from their success as we move onto a post-COVID learning environment,” says Ralph Smith, managing director of CGLR.

All CGLR network communities were invited to file stories about their COVID response efforts between May and December 2020 and then CGLR reviewed these stories based on the criteria for being a Bright Spots community.

Bright Spot Communities

Calgary, Alberta

Birmingham, Alabama

Springdale, Arkansas

Avondale, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Stockton-San Joaquin County, California

Enfield, Connecticut

Kent County, Delaware

New Castle County, Delaware

Sussex County, Delaware

Indian River County, Florida

Pinellas County, Florida

Suncoast, Florida

Metro Atlanta Region, Georgia

Troup County, Georgia

Hawaii

Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Story County, Iowa

Idaho

Waukegan, Illinois

Lafayette, Indiana

Emporia, Kansas

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Montgomery County, Maryland

Portland, Maine

Kent County, Michigan

Northfield, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri

Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi

Billings, Montana

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina

Metro Omaha, Nebraska

Camden, New Jersey

Las Vegas, Nevada

Chemung County, New York

New York City, New York

Rochester, New York

Franklin County, Ohio

Wallowa County, Oregon

Erie County, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Richland County, South Carolina

Black Hills, South Dakota

Regina, Saskatchewan

Nashville, Tennessee

Denton, Texas

Salt Lake City (Clearfield, Kearns, Park City and South Salt Lake), Utah

Roanoke, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

U.S. Virgin Islands

Tacoma, Washington

Cabell County, West Virginia

Fayette County, West Virginia

 

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About the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Launched in 2010, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort of funders, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, 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. Since its launch, CGLR has grown to include more than 300 communities, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two provinces in Canada — with 5,000+ local organizations and 510 state and local funders (including 200+ United Ways). To learn more, visit gradelevelreading.net and follow the movement on Twitter @readingby3rd.