Vol 6 Issue 10 Aug 1st - Aug 5th


Suncoast Summer

Reading Challenge and TBIC!

Weekly Newsletter



The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a community-wide effort serving Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties focusing on School Readiness, Attendance, Summer Learning, Family Engagement and Health Determinants. Research shows that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress. In response, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading sponsors the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge to encourage each participating student to read! The Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge is implemented by SCGLR and promoted through local summer camps and businesses to encourage children to read, reducing the "summer slide". In addition, THIS BOOK IS COOL! is a series of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading.This summer more than 3,000 children from across the Suncoast region will receive free books thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation!


What Parents Are Saying About TBIC!

"My daughter has also been reading and rereading "The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal" nonstop. She is an aspiring scientist and it is such a cool book! Thanks again for helping us keep up with reading this summer!"  

“My son is a fabulous reader and absolutely loves reading, so in my opinion, your program is very helpful to children and encourages reading.”

"My son has enjoyed all the books and is excited that he gets to keep them! Thank you for all that you and the all the staff along with The Patterson Foundation for providing this wonderful experience for kids."

See the webisode for The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal

 Check out this awesome This Kid Is Cool, video parody featuring summer learners from across the four county region!


Join THIS BOOK IS COOL! host Beth Duda and various artists for interactive family activities, sponsored by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Patterson Foundation. Families will have fun and explore thoughts and feelings, share ideas and create your own works of art. 

Click Below to Register! 

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Tuesday, August 2nd 6:30-7:30pm Wholehearted Education - Jessica DiLorenzo

Summer Camp Fun!

The fun and learning has come to a close and we can't wait to do it all again next summer! Remember reading is the key to succeeding! 

Team Leader Kelli Karen Smith and her Extraordinary Summer Engagement Team Daniela Arcadia, Angela Bechtel, Alyse Bianchi, Joni Hansen, Shalia Moore-Hayes, Renee Isrel, Sara Loncar, Laurie Miller, Donna Puhalovich, and Ben Tollefson want to congratulate 84 summer locations that have read 152,816 books and COUNTING! 

Campers with Tuttle Elementary have read over 5,000 books this summer!

These super star readers with Ave 941 camp read over 30 books each, great job! 

Check out these camp learning and fun scenes from summer 2022!

Share Your SSRC and TBIC!  2022 Highlights!

We want to highlight your child or camp during the 2022 Suncoast Summer Reading Program. Share with us how you are connecting, learning, sharing, evolving and strengthening through the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge! Tweet about each of your summer reading activities and successes using #SummerReading #SummerSlide #THISBOOKISCOOL! @SuncoastCGLR@readingby3rd @ThePattersonFoundation @summerlearning

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