2017 All-America City Award Recipients Announced by Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and National Civic League

Proficient reading by 3rd grade is a strong predictor of education success.

“These award-winning communities put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading and made some ‘big bets’ to improve the odds for early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Fifteen communities across the country were honored today with the 2017 All-America City Award (AAC) for their civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. Research has long shown that when children read at proficient levels by third grade they are more likely to complete high school prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship.

The AAC Awards were presented this year during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver, Colorado at the All-America City Awards Gathering hosted by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, along with the National Civic League, which created the prestigious program 68 years ago.

2017 All-America City Award Communities:

Springdale, AR

Avondale, AZ

Stockton-San Joaquin County, CA

New Britain, CT

Delray Beach, FL

Suncoast (Sarasota & Manatee Counties), FL

Council Bluffs, IA

Des Moines, IA

Dubuque, IA

Springfield, MA

Kansas City, MO

Montgomery County-Dayton, OH

Lane County, OR

San Antonio, TX

Roanoke, VA

“We applaud the ’big tent’ coalitions in these award-winning communities. They put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading and made some ‘big bets’ to improve the odds for early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Those big bets are paying off in more hopeful futures for so many vulnerable children in…

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