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Dear Grade Level Reading Coalition:

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the summer! As many of you know, we are undergoing a search for a new Program Director for the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading. I am excited to share the job description with all of you, and want to thank everyone who gave input on the position over the last few weeks—your feedback is so valuable. We would appreciate your sharing the listing with your networks.

Through this transition, we are committed to keeping the work moving forward. You can learn more about some of the projects we are focusing on this summer in this newsletter, including increasing participation in the Enoch Pratt Free Library Summer Reading Program and how you can help.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or feedback you may have.

Sincerely,
Roger Schulman
CEO & President, Fund For Educational Excellence

How You Can Help Promote Summer Reading

School’s out, but that doesn’t mean learning stops. It is important for children to continue to read daily, as we know students who are not engaged in reading tend to lose 2-3 months of reading achievement over the summer putting them behind when they return to school. This summer, the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Baltimore City Public Schools and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are once again working together to increase participation in the Pratt Summer Reading Program. The Pratt Summer Reading Program runs from June 15th- August 10th and gives children prizes for reading daily. In order to encourage participation, we’re offering a prize to the schools with the largest increases in participation in the Pratt Program from last year:

  • The elementary school that shows the biggest increase in participation in the Pratt Program will win $1,000 for their school budget and a hero party
  • The 2nd place school will receive $500
  • The 3rd place school will receive $250

You can see how your school did last year here.

Please help us spread the word about Pratt Summer Reading and the competition. You can share this flyer or use this marketing tool kit to post to social media about summer reading. If you would like to request a print version of the flyers to distribute, please email carrief@ffee.org.

Little Free Libraries Update

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The Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is installing up to 25 Little Free Libraries (for a total of 35) throughout the city in an effort to increase access to books and community engagement around reading.

Last week, we hosted a training for the first 16 recipients of Little Free Libraries, including churches, barbershops, schools and more. Participants learned about best practices from experienced Little Free Library leaders and spent some time action planning how they’ll use their Little Free Library to create a culture of reading in their communities.

Through this project, we are very excited to work with a diverse range of community partners to increase access to books in our city and engage Baltimore families in reading. Over the next few weeks, we will be identifying up to 15 additional communities to host Little Free Libraries. We will keep everyone informed about this process.

Thanks very much to the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation and the T. Rowe Price Foundation for their generous support of this project. You can learn more about Little Free Library locations and activities going on this summer on our Little Free Library Webpage.

ICYMI: Campaign, Margaret Brent and Maryland Book Bank Featured on WMAR

On Friday, June 3rd, WMAR aired a story detailing the journey a book takes from the Maryland Book Bank into the hands of a child and how the Campaign works with many organizations to get books into kids’ hands. You can watch the full story here. 

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Coalition Updates

As a way to stay connected, we include Coalition needs in our monthly newsletter. Please email Carrie Finkelstein if there is a need or announcement you would like the Coalition to know about at carrief@ffee.org.

  • Find summer activities, free meal sites and more on the B’more Super Summer Website.
  • Through the SummerREADS program, a partnership between The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The Abell Foundation and City Schools, ten Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Libraries will be open from 10:00am- 2:30pm Monday- Thursday starting June 27th. For locations and more information, click here.
  • The Center for Urban Families is looking for fathers to be a part of their Responsible Fatherhood initiative. Contact Moses at mhammett@cfuf.org for partnership opportunities.
  • Gold Apple Services is looking for partners to promote adult literacy week. For more information, contact Cynthia Campbell at campbell945@gmail.com.
  • The National Conference on Summer and Afterschool Learning will be held in Seattle from October 24th- 26th. Learn more here.