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 Grinnellvolunteer@gmail.com.
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.
Task Force Coordinator: Beth Crow, AmeriCorps Service Member
The Summer Learning Task Force is responsible for planning summer learning opportunities for Grinnell children in kindergarten through third grade. The task 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.
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.
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.