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Endowment match helps immerse students in diversity appreciation

While the Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibit in Island Park appeals to people of all ages, it holds a particular soft spot for young people. Thousands of children and teenagers flock to see the exhibit every year. The art and quotes intrigue and challenge them; our wonderful student docents inspire them. Young people are… Read more »

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Community partnership improves EdExploreSRQ

From philanthropic foundations to organizations championing arts and sciences, the EdExploreSRQ community partnership exists to sustain and grow EdExploreSRQ for the benefit of all students in our local area by providing access to quality, curriculum-aligned experiences. Angela Hartvigsen, the fine arts program specialist for Sarasota County Schools and the manager of EdExploreSRQ.com, shares more:

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Early learning community facilitator institute kicks off in May

If you were fortunate enough to hear author Ellen Galinsky speak in March at the Van Wezel, then you are already excited about Mind in the Making and what knowledge of its Seven Essential Skills means to everyone who interacts with young children. Mind in the Making was developed by Families and WorkInstitute (FWI) to… Read more »

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Interactive nature experiences blossom at Riverview High School

Editor’s Note: Effa Beauette is a former Riverview High School teacher and is now a volunteer at the school. She was named the district’s 2016 outstanding senior volunteer. Every day is Earth Day at Sarasota’s Riverview High School. While sitting in Riverview’s cafeteria patio or perhaps peering out from a classroom window, the beauty of… Read more »

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Measuring Age-Friendliness with the AARP Livability Index

Whether we are newcomers or longstanding residents, community life matters. After all, it is the epicenter of where we live our daily lives – where we work, live and play. And although there is much to love about community, there is always room for improvement! The age-friendly community “movement” is all about creating communities that… Read more »

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Learning history and patriotism by studying the American flag

Editor’s Note: Tom Piazze is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army and is currently the chair of the Stars & Stripes Foundation. At its annual meeting in November 2012, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presented to its membership for approval a list of 14 resolutions that would guide its efforts for the foreseeable… Read more »

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Sharing Age-Friendly Sarasota with World Health Organization leaders in Geneva

Earlier this week, Age-Friendly Sarasota (AFS) was presented to the Ageing & Life Course Team at the World Health Organization in Geneva. I was invited to speak to the group and was proud to share Age-Friendly Sarasota’s efforts to date and discuss broader considerations about the global age-friendly community movement — one that now includes nearly… Read more »

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Sharing knowledge about the Aging Mastery Program® locally and beyond

Last year The Patterson Foundation (TPF), an enterprise funder of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), initiated a venture exploring the sustainability of NCOA’s new Aging Mastery Program® (AMP). TPF demonstrates again and again its capacity to enhance positive results by facilitating a link with a national organization’s program. TPF brings exciting new concepts to… Read more »

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Highlights from Day Two at the #GLRHuddle

Day two of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Funder-to-Funder Huddle in Washington D.C. was filled with conversations about collaborations for the benefit of children. In addition to discussions with national thought leaders like Hedy Chang, director of Attendance Works, and Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign, attendees also participated in breakout sessions on a… Read more »

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Looking at collective impact through a 2-gen lense

At 7:30 am this week at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, the excited buzz in the air was not created by children. The sounds of approval and applause were freely given by 200 adults, not for athletic achievement, but for ideas, inspirational thoughts, and a shared vision of success for the families in our… Read more »

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Highlights from Day One of the #GLRHuddle

It’s a big week for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as nearly 300 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss strategies and best practices to advance early literacy work. The Funder-to-Funder Huddle is one of the largest gatherings of local, state and national funders that support early literacy. Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The… Read more »