Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful break and we are looking forward to working with you in the new year. In response to your feedback on the best time to receive this weekly round-up, we’ll be shifting the publication date from Friday to Tuesday.
Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
We received a new Tell Our Story submission from Oakland, CA. That brings our total to 73 stories from over 80 communities! In this week’s featured story, Oakland Reads 2020 launched a Symposium for over 150 community members on June 17th. Read more about their productive stakeholder engagement efforts.
The terrific work by three GLR communities in Iowa - Des Moines, Dubuque and Marshalltown - was highlighted on Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 in a front page story by the Des Moines Register. Read all about it here.
Des Moines' community lead Kate Bennett was also featured in a news piece about a proposed $1 million extended learning pilot project, which would enable participating schools to study the effects of extra academics, summer learning, or a longer school day. The most successful strategy would be replicated statewide. Read more here.
School-Based Health Centers looking to fund projects in public or youth engagement, public health, and other selected focus areas may be eligible for one of seven to ten $100,000 and $50,000 grants from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the School-Based Health Alliance. Applications are due by January 24, 2014.
The New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award is accepting applications for their 2014 round. Summer Learning programs advancing early literacy can apply for next year's award. Winners will receive $10,000 from the New York Life Foundation, and all applicants will receive detailed feedback. Applications are due Friday, February 14th, 2014.
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