San Antonio Business Journal
BYLINE: James Aldridge
San Antonio has been selected as a finalist for the National Civic League’s All-America City Award, honoring the city’s efforts to encourage children’s literacy.
The city is working to ensure more San Antonio area children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. A community coalition made up of the City of San Antonio, Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Generation TX, the University of Texas at San Antonio, AVANCE-San Antonio, City Year, Family Service Association of San Antonio and the P16 Plus Council.
The city and its partners are leveraging the success of several existing initiatives that target school readiness, attendance and summer learning.
“This recognition highlights the important strides we are making to improve the academic trajectory of San Antonio children at a critical time in their educational development,” says Mayor Julián Castro.
San Antonio is one of 32 finalists. Winners will be announced July 2 in Denver.
“It’s a great honor for San Antonio to be selected as a finalist; we are genuinely pleased and extremely proud to be acknowledged for our community-wide education efforts,” says City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “The city is committed to providing the accessibility to educational tools that can help our youth obtain their career goals and become successful adults.”
San Antonio is one of 124 cities and counties involved in the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network. In addition to working with schools, advocates work to ensure that children are academically prepared to enter kindergarten, are attending school regularly and are learning throughout the summer months.
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