Promoting volunteerism and citizen service to help young children learn to read well has been part of the GLR Campaign’s agenda from the outset, reflecting the reality that this support will be essential to reach large numbers of children. National Volunteer Week, to be celebrated April 6-12, offers an opportunity to lift up the value of volunteer reading tutors and honor those doing the work.
We are asking communities and partners that provide reading tutors, or who work with organizations that do so, to let us know about it. We are creating a special web page to honor and celebrate them! You can submit the organization names on this form.
Here are some ideas for celebrating National Volunteer Week:
Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:
- Based on the success of Tell Our Story and the growing interest in what's happening in communities across the Network, the NCSC is launching a weekly publication called Bright Spots. That name may sound familiar to you because it also happens to be the same language we used at the beginning of the Campaign to describe programs and schools that had a track record of success tackling the challenges of school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, and grade-level reading. At this stage of the Campaign, we are re-purposing Bright Spots to capture Network communities’ inspiring and promising work in school readiness, school attendance, summer learning, and grade-level reading by 2016.
- On February 18-20, many Campaign members and interested communities attended our regional gathering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. James Taylor, community lead for Lafayette, Indiana, wrote about the conversation, sharing of community efforts, and sessions on the variable role of United Ways. Read more here.
- In the latest Attendance Works Driving With Data Webinar, Dr. Mary Conway, member of the GLR coalition in Vernon, Connecticut, will share how she used chronic absence data to raise awareness and support for attendance. Free resources for districts and schools will also be highlighted. The webinar is on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 1-2:15 PM EST or 10-11:15 AM PST. Register here.
- The General Mills Foundation's Champions for Healthy Kids program is looking to award fifty grants of $20,000 each to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors among youth between the ages of 2 and 18. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2014. Apply here.
- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting grant requests through their Youth Literacy Grants program to provide funding of up to $4,000 to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Application deadline is May 22, 2014. Apply here.
Almost all links in this message go to items posted on the Ning, a password-protected site for members of the Grade-Level Reading Network. If you are not yet a member, you may request access to the Ning by clicking here.