Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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2020 Summer Reading Program - THIS BOOK IS COOL!

Join the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for a unique summer reading program.

THIS BOOK IS COOL! logoTHIS BOOK IS COOL! consists of 100 webisodes to encourage a love of reading. Charlotte County children who are not enrolled in a summer camp or summer program already participating in THIS BOOK IS COOL! are encouraged to learn more and REGISTER!

Reading is one of the most important skills your child can master. There is a strong connection between reading well and overall academic and life success. Research shows that children who do not read regularly can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer. Reading just six books at the appropriate reading level during the summer can help your child soar during the school year.

Qualified children signed up for THIS BOOK IS COOL! will receive up to 20 books, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation​. THIS BOOK IS COOL! begins June 1, but those who do not hear about it right away will not be excluded. All who qualify can register until week 7. Children who do not qualify can still participate, but will not receive free books.

For more details and to register, click here.


United Way of Charlotte County is proud to partner Sarasota and Manatee counties in the regional effort to promote reading proficiency for children through the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

For a link to The Patterson Foundation announcement, please click here.

September is Attendance Awareness Month - Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. Students should strive for less than 5 days absent.

Strive for Less than 5 Video

United Way of Charlotte County is convening local organizations, businesses, and people to focus on the following areas. 

Our efforts are strengthened with regional support from The Patterson Foundation.

Communities that support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading understand that an educated community means a stronger future for everyone.

It means a community where more people are prepared for higher education, to enter the military or to enter civilian service.

Click here for more information on the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.