Posts Tagged: Sarasota County

Aspirations to Actions: No one has ever asked us before

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a five-week series featuring extended video interviews with 10 public innovators in our region trained by The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. As The Patterson Foundation begins supporting the second-year journey of Aspirations to Actions, the innovators are sharing their reflections from their first year of engaging in our region. … Read more »

Planning for y/our longevity

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Age-Friendly Sarasota represents our collective journey to enhance everyday life in our community. Our survey can help Sarasota residents prepare for their own optimal longevity; that is, to best ensure healthy and engaged living in order to thrive throughout their lives. This requires that people consider the following: Their future physical selves in terms of… Read more »

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a community for all ages


Earlier this year, Sarasota County joined AARP and the World Health Organization’s global network of age-friendly communities — Florida’s first! Age-friendly communities seek to enhance the experience of aging in community via eight domains: Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings – We all likely visit or encounter outdoor spaces (about 30-50% of our environment), public buildings, and… Read more »

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading offers community speaking engagements


For a movement like the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to be successful, the entire community deserves to understand the campaign’s goals, its significance and each individual’s power to make a difference. That’s why Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading leaders from Manatee and Sarasota counties are coming together to offer speaking engagements — at no cost —… Read more »

EdExploreSRQ to feature new career explorations this fall

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Explorations offered on are intended to connect students to classroom learning.   These experiences enhance learning and help create new interests for students in our local community.  The site initially included nonprofit arts, cultural, environmental and science organizations. This year, EdExploreSRQ is branching out to include career explorations with employers. There’s a shared commitment between… Read more »

A shared vision for Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading success


We are reminded every day in newspaper and on television that America is divided. Our different beliefs and opinions often drive a wedge between us. But, we are faced with an opportunity that can unite us: Our children’s ability to succeed and achieve. We all want to provide opportunities for real achievement for our children…. Read more »

Age-Friendly Sarasota: Steps toward a lifelong community

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Cities and communities around the world are striving to become places that encourage those who live there – from their eldest residents to their youngest – to live well throughout their lifetime through innovative approaches and enhancements that reflect community aspirations. And now, Sarasota County is one of them. Sarasota County has entered a network… Read more »

A communitywide vision of success through the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading


The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading marks the beginning of a communitywide vision — one shared by both Manatee and Sarasota counties — to improve the reading proficiency and overall success of young children in our area. What’s at stake? Nationwide, third-grade reading statistics paint a grim picture: 67 percent of all children and 80… Read more »

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading leader inspires a region

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More than 300 people participated in “Breakfast with a Visionary” in Sarasota on Friday featuring Ralph Smith, the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Smith shared the harsh reality and dismal outlook our nation faces if we don’t all find the courage as… Read more »

Sarasota County’s next stop is Denver for the All-America City Awards


By last night, most of our Sarasota County delegation landed in Denver and hit the ground running for the All-America City Awards competition. If the delegation’s dry-run performance of “Sarasota Transcends,” held earlier this week at Glenridge Performing Arts Hall and Riverview High School on Tuesday night – attended by more than 400 supporters –… Read more »

Principles in perfect harmony with All-America City


When the idea was raised for Sarasota County to submit an application for the 2013 All-America City (AAC) Awards, The Patterson Foundation helped accelerate the collaboration among our community leaders by highlighting innovative projects that have impacted our community throughout the past five years. Why were we working in collaboration with others to serve as… Read more »