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Date(s) - Fri Jun 9 2017
8:45 am-10:00 am

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Brookdale Sarasota Central

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Food for Thought Breakfast Meeting
Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Speaker – Beth Duda, Director, The Patterson Foundation
Friday June 9, 2017
8:45am – 10am
Brookdale Sarasota Central
4540 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota
$5
RSVP by email lwvsrq@gmail.com

An alarming number of children – about 67 percent nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from low-income families – are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children, but for their communities and our nation as a whole. If left unchecked, this problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap and reduce high school dropout rates. Far fewer of the next generation will be prepared to succeed in a global economy, participate in higher education or enter military and civilian service.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was launched to reverse this potentially catastrophic trend by supporting common-sense solutions at the federal, state and local levels. In communities nationwide, the Campaign works within three solution areas proven to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency:
Attendance
School Readiness
Summer Learning
The Campaign also recognizes the influence of health and parents on the success of these solution areas.
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and a life of active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

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