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Tahoe proposal to improve youth reading selected as national finalist

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; An ambitious plan to ensure Tahoe/Truckee children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade has been chosen as a finalist for the All-America City Award, sponsored each year by the National Civic League.

The plan was submitted by a community coalition that includes Excellence in Education Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, First 5 Nevada County and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

This group of community organizations started a local effort, Tahoe Truckee Reads, to improve third grade reading levels. Tahoe/Truckee is one of 32 finalists selected through a peer review process from a field of more than 100 entries across the country. Winners will be announced July 2 in Denver.

Beyond the award competition, Tahoe/Truckeeand#8217;s plan makes the region a charter member in a national movement of nonprofits and foundations putting a stake in the ground for third-grade reading. Third grade marks the point when children shift from learning to read and begin reading to learn. Students who have mastered reading by third grade are more likely to continue their academic success and stay in school.

and#8220;We are ecstatic that our plan was selected as a finalist for the award,and#8221; said Laura Brown, Excellence in Education Foundation executive director. and#8220;More than anything this validates the passion and creative ideas our community has for supporting our students.and#8221;

The 124 cities and counties involved in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network are adopting a collective impact strategy, engaging the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

The plans involve schools but acknowledge that they alone cannot address the myriad of problems that keep children from learning to read. The strategies include ensuring that children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed, attend school regularly and keep learning throughout the summer months.

The Tahoe Truckee Reads plan offers a framework for the community to enhance current programs and relationships as well as try new and targeted intervention strategies for increasing third grade reading levels.

Currently the plan is initiating a focus on summer learning loss through a and#8220;Stop the Summer Slide!and#8221; Program. Schools and community groups are holding book drives to ensure that every child heads into summer with books of their own. Additionally, volunteers are spearheading weekly reading programs in our lowest income neighborhoods, where lack of transportation prevents access to libraries and summer reading programs.

As a charter member of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network, Tahoe/Truckee will have access to a Promising Practices Clearinghouse, an online help desk, peer-learning opportunities, meetings with national experts and policy makers, and a foundation registry designed to expand and replicate successful programs.


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