Friday Round-Up, July 12: July Webinar Announced

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Round-Up, July 12: July Webinar Announced

Colleagues,

This month's webinar is Thursday, July 25 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. We'll highlight opportunities for communities to participate in Tell Our Story, through which we aim to help raise awareness, promote greater collaboration, and strengthen engagement among local sponsoring coalitions and throughout the GLR network. Click here to register.

Below is a compilation of what's happening across the GLR Network, which features the report on Summer Learning Day from the National Summer Learning Association, new funding opportunities from USDA and Cities of Service, a great programming resource from Reading Rockets, and more summer learning spotlights. Click through to read more:

  • NSLA's report on Summer Learning Day shares some inspiring data from their map. Did you know that 582 summer learning events & opportunities were posted? (82 GLR Network communities participated in Summer Learning Day!)

  • New funding opportunities are available through USDA and Cities of Service. USDA is accepting grant applications to provide access to education, training, and healthcare resources in rural areas. The grants can be used to buy equipment and provide technical assistance and require at least 15% matching funds. Applications must be received by August 12. Cities of Service just announced the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, a multi-million dollar fund to help cities use impact volunteering to tackle pressing local challenges. Only mayors who are members of the Cities of Service coalition are eligible to apply; the online verification of eligibility must be completed no later than September 6, 2013, and the official application is due on September 13, 2013.

  • ReadingRockets has developed 'Start With A Book', a programming resource that matches age-appropriate books and activities to a selection of 24 themes. There's also a text message service that sends literacy-building activities to your mobile phone.

  • The last SLD Community Spotlight celebrates Baltimore, Maryland's star-studded 'Read to Succeed' launch, and Jacksonville, Florida is featured in this NYT article on the re-envisioning of summer school.

Lastly, consider sharing and retweeting Readaloud.org's 'Seize the Summer' summer reading campaign messages on social media!

Warmly, Susanne