Grinnell Chamber

Grade-Level Reading Initiative

The Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a nationwide effort to make sure that all children can read at grade level by third grade, as third grade reading is an important predictor of high school graduation. Based on the idea that schools cannot succeed alone, the campaign gives community stakeholders a framework to work together in support of this goal. Several local task forces have been established to focus on campaign efforts in Grinnell.


Are you interested in getting involved? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lee Smith at

School Readiness

Task Force Coordinator: Jess Kite, AmeriCorps Service Member

The School Readiness Task Force is responsible for developing short term and long term goals to prepare Grinnell's children for kindergarten and be successful students throughout their learning career. The task force is comprised of community members from varying perspectives and lines of work. 




Summer Learning

Task Force Coordinator: Beth Crow, AmeriCorps Service Member ​​​​​​​
The Summer Learning Task Force is responsible for planning summer  lear​​​​​​ning opportunities for Grinnell children in kindergarten through third grade. The ta​​​​​​​sk force is planning summer school enrichment and other summer learning programs.  ​​​​​​​


Task Force Coordinator: Doug Cameron, AmeriCorps Service Member

The attendance task force focuses on improving chronic absence in Grinnell-Newburg Schools by identifying barriers to attendance and developing programs that can help remove those barriers.​​​​​​​



Healthy Readers 

Task Force Coordinator: Melissa Berman, AmeriCorps Service Member​​​​​​​

This task force creates connections within communities to promote, create and implement programming that focuses on nutrition and wellness in an effort to arm parents, children and community with seeds of knowledge for lifelong healthy habits.

After-School Enrichment

Coordinator: Mary Zheng, AmeriCorps Service Member

This effort is focused on transforming two afterschool programs into extended learning environments. The effort includes grade-appropriate lesson plans based on the school curriculum.



Are you interested in getting involved? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lee Smith at 
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