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All-America Cities Awards Focuses on Reading

For communities wishing to be named an All-America City this year, reading will be fundamental. The National Civic League's All America City award (founded in 1949) will focus on efforts to increase the number of low-income children reading on grade level by the end of third grade.
Information Update
August 4, 2011
 
A Civic League announcement says the award will recognize community solutions in three areas "that have real potential to drive improvements in grade-level reading": school readiness, attendance and summer learning. The League is joining forces with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and other funders. United Way Worldwide and the National League of Cities have partnered with the Civic League to jointly promote the effort. The All-America City Award recognizes exemplary grassroots community problem-solving and is awarded to communities that collaboratively tackle challenges and achieve results. Apply as a neighborhood, village, town, city, county or region. The application is now available.