Earlier this month, GLR Campaign Managing Director Ralph Smith and Ron Fairchild, Director of the GLR Support Center, updated the National Civic League Board on the 2017 All-America Cities Grade-Level Reading Award, which will mark the second time since 2012 that the nation's premier award for civic vitality has focused on increasing early grade-level reading proficiency for low-income children.
Smith and Fairchild thanked the League for catalyzing the growth of the Campaign's Network through the 2012 Awards, which honored the first cohort of AAC-GLR honorees and have led to a Communities Network that has grown from about 120 communities that year to more than 300 in 2017, including more than 2500 local organizations and 250 state and local funders, including 230 United Ways. The National Civic League also has helped amplify the Campaign's messages to civic leaders nationally about the importance of school readiness, attendance, summer learning and parent success.
"Our partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a natural, since community education efforts often lend themselves to civic engagement. We are inspired by the many stories of Campaign communities rallying around the cause of improving opportunities for young people," said NCL President Douglas Linkhart. "The Campaign’s push for collaboration and measurable outcomes meshes perfectly with our call for civic engagement to make everyone part of the solution to issues like early literacy."