Posts Tagged: Sarasota County

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 »

Sarasota County is an All-America City finalist in good company


In April, the National Civic League selected Sarasota County as one of 20 nationwide community finalists for the prestigious 2013 All-America City Awards. What a community effort it has been so far! Sarasota County’s application highlighted three community-driven efforts, including: – Our first-of a-kind public-private partnership with the National Cemetery Administration to create Patriot Plaza at… Read more »

Guest Post: Stakeholders in aging consortium ignites action around aging with dignity and independence

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Kathy Black, Ph.D., is an associate professor of social work and gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Through a partnership with The Patterson Foundation and  SCOPE, a community engagement organization, Black conducted research for the Aging with Dignity and Independence Initiative. The initiative, which completed data collection in 2010, uncovered six actionable themes that are essential to… Read more »

Guest Post: Getting to know your emergency management office


Editor’s Note: Veronica Taylor is a consultant specializing in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. She previously worked with The Patterson Foundation to help deepen its understanding of the disaster space. As a guest blogger, she will cover issues relevant to the disaster sector.  As I mentioned in my last blog, Sarasota County often serves as… Read more »