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New plan created to improve grade-level reading in Manatee County

By Anna Bryson Staff Writer  There are 32 elementary schools in Manatee County and 49% of third-graders are not reading on grade level. At 10 Title 1 schools, that number rises to 75%. Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade, statistics show, are more likely to graduate high school and have higher…

‘Dive Into Reading’ returns for third big year and beckons volunteers

By Vin Mannix Columnist  School’s out soon, but kids in our community will need extra help in a fundamental area and you can be part of a wonderful endeavor. Volunteer for “Dive Into Reading,” the nationally recognized summer reading program hosted by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar in partnership with the Manatee School District, the Suncoast…

United Way Suncoast Welcomes Three New Board Members To Manatee Area Board

United Way Suncoast is pleased to welcome three new board members to the Manatee Area Board for the 2019 term. Cheri Coryea, Acting County Administrator, Manatee County Government Karen Droz, SVP, Senior Development Consultant, 5/3 Bank Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent, School District of Manatee County Board members are heavily involved the development and execution of United…

Tampa area officials grapple with workforce quality issues

With the results of a comprehensive comparison study against nearly 20 peers, Tampa area officials and business leaders have a core challenge: to recruit and retain talent.    by: Mark Gordon   What will Tampa Bay be when it grows up? That metaphorical question is the crux of the 2019 Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report. The…

Feeding Tampa Bay wants to do more than feed needy families

By Christopher O’Donnell TAMPA — A free meal from a food bank can serve as an instant boost for a family struggling to afford to be able to eat. But when that family still needs help the following day, and the following week, free meals alone are not the answer. That’s the theory behind a major…

43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially

43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially New United Way report reveals 43% of working households cannot cover basic needs CENTRAL WEST COAST, FLORIDA – The United Ways of Florida’s central west coast (Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties) today announced 43% of household in the…

Bucs D-Line Delivers Christmas

On Monday, December 17, 2018, the Buccaneer’s Defensive Line held their Seventh Annual D-Line Delivers Christmas event, this year surprising around 120 children with gifts just in time for the holidays. The D-line players contributed nearly $50,000 for the ultimate Christmas experience for Bay-area youth, including bicycles for every child and a Target shopping spree….

Florida Airport Sets Up Food Bank For Unpaid TSA Agents

The federal government isn’t paying many of its workers, so others are stepping up, including an airport, nonprofit organizations and chef José Andrés. A Florida airport is helping make sure hundreds of federal employees who work there will be able to put food on the table while they work without pay during the ongoing partial government…

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