Mike McGinn, Mayor
9/14/2012 12:00:00 PM
Aaron Pickus (206) 684-4000
Seattle Mayor accepts All-America City Award for reading efforts
Northgate Elementary's Summer Reading Program highlighted as an example of effective programming
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn accepted Seattle's All-America City Award today at Northgate Elementary School in recognition of the city's efforts to improve third-grade reading levels.
Seattle, along with Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila, were named All-America Cities in July based on a joint plan to boost reading levels. The region's proposal was facilitated by the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort -spearheaded by the Community Center for Education Results - aimed at improving education in South Seattle and South King County. The plan was selected from more than 100 entries from across the country.
The All-America City Awards are given each year by the National Civic League for outstanding civic accomplishments. Ordinarily, applicants choose their own local projects to showcase, but this year NCL teamed with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to encourage community-based partnerships to improve reading proficiency among students.
Today's award presentation was part of a celebration of the city-sponsored "Northgate Reads Summer Reading and Enrichment Program" at Northgate Elementary School. The program is unique because City of Seattle departments are banding together with community groups and parents to help put a focus on third-grade reading.
McGinn received the All-America City Award plaque following remarks from Ralph Smith, the managing director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Northgate Principal Stan Jaskot was also featured, along with volunteers, parents and children involved in the program.
The award-winning plan from Seattle and the South King County cities includes building and sustaining a major regional commitment to improving grade-level reading and developing broad public awareness efforts to make third-grade reading a regional priority. In 2016, the region will compete again based on results obtained from efforts to improve third-grade reading.
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