There are so many ways local agencies and funders are working together to make Southwest Florida a vibrant, healthy place to live. Initiatives addressing giving, literacy, families on the verge of homelessness, science and math in education, collaboration and more are highlighted here:

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

An alarming number of children—about 67 percent nationwide and more than 80 percent of those from low-income families—are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. This has significant and long-term consequences not only for each of those children but for their communities, and for our nation as a whole. If left unchecked, this problem will undermine efforts to end intergenerational poverty, close the achievement gap, and reduce high school dropout rates. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading was launched to reverse this potentially catastrophic trend by supporting common-sense solutions at the federal, state, and local levels.

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