UWS News Briefs

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading gets national recognition

For the third year in a row, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which includes Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties, has been recognized as a national leader in advancing child literacy.  The “Pacesetter” honor, awarded by the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was given to 32 of the more than 390 communities that participate in the campaign.  The goal of the campaign is to boost the percentage of children reading on grade level by the end of third grade – a key benchmark for predicting future academic and life success.  United Way Suncoast is a lead partner of the collaborative effort involving foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies and communities.


United Way Suncoast recognized at 29th Annual Business and Education Partnership Awards

On September 27, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and School District of Manatee County announced that United Way Suncoast was named “Civic Partner of the Year” at the 29th Annual Business & Education Partnership Awards. The awards recognize businesses, organizations, schools and individuals who have made the commitment to work together to enhance the education of students in Manatee County.


United Way Suncoast and community partners celebrate Janie’s Garden Grand Opening

young girl with book

United Way Suncoast, Better Tomorrows and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee School of Education hosted a grand opening on September 30th to celebrate their support of the after-school program at Janie’s Garden Apartments in North Sarasota and announce the official naming of the program.  The Earl and Mary Watts After-School program, made possible through the generous support of Tocqueville Society members Dave and Debbie Walker, offers multi-faceted academic support during the school year for 6 to 12-year-olds living in the apartment complex.  Programming centers on homework support, study skills, reading achievement, social and emotional skills and character building.