DELRAY BEACH – Nov. 28, 2012: The City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading is being recognized by the National League of Cities as a model program at the Congress of Cities and Exposition 2012 City Showcase, held in Boston from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. This program demonstrates innovative and collaborative approaches in engaging our community to better support low-income children, from birth through third grade, to learn to read. The City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading is one of only 27 municipal programs selected for the NLC’s 2012 City Showcase celebrating City achievements.
The City’s program, which is part of a national campaign to promote grade level reading by the third grade, was created through the understanding that our local schools alone cannot address all of the problems that keep our children from learning to read. As a result, the City partnered with a coalition of community, civic and business leaders, non-profit agencies, educators and City representatives who believed in this important issue and committed to participating in the development and implementation of a new reading initiative that will benefit our local children and our community. In Delray Beach, the focus for the third grade level reading initiative is based on three key strategies:
. Ensuring children arrive in kindergarten prepared to succeed
. Improving attendance levels
. Increasing educational opportunities during the summer months
“The NLC City Showcase is truly a celebration of innovation and collaboration in our nation’s cities and towns,” said Ted Ellis, NLC president and mayor of Bluffton, IN. “These programs represent municipal government at its best, demonstrating the success that can occur when creative minds partner to solve a problem or fill a need within a community. NLC is proud to recognize the 21 cities and towns selected for this year’s showcase.”
“We in Delray Beach recognize that great schools make great communities,” said Lula Butler, director of Community Improvement for the City of Delray Beach. “Through our third-grade level reading initiative we are confident we can help to ensure that more and more of our students are prepared for a bright future ahead.”
For more information on the City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading program, contact Janet Meeks, education coordinator for the City of Delray Beach, at 561- 243-7231 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.