2018 Grant Recipients

6th Year Grant-$15,000

Agency Background: The programs of Literacy Connects coach children in reading so they don’t fall behind.  The programs teach parents the importance of reading to their children, help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts, and put books in the hands of people who need them. As a powerful voice for literacy, Literacy Connects brings together individuals and groups from across the community to work collaboratively toward better literacy outcomes. Last year, 46,447 adults and children were served through the efforts of 975 well-trained and supported volunteers who gave more than 55,000 hours of their time.

Focus of 2018 Grant: Consistent with Stone Canyon Community Foundation’s grant focus, Reading Seed helps young people get and stay on track. Learning to read is one of the most important skills in modern society. Not only is reading the major foundational skill for school-based learning, it is strongly related to an individual’s opportunities for academic and vocational success as an adult. In turn, these opportunities directly affect the socioeconomic success and vitality of our community.

Measurable Results: Reading Seed is a literacy program that works. The Department of Education at the University of Arizona conducted a study of the Reading Seed program and found 87% of children progressed by at least one reading level in only two months. Of the approximately 170 children to be served at Walter Douglas, Van Buskirk, Blenman, Dietz, and Myers-Ganoung in 2018-2019, at least 70% are expected to progress at least one reading level by the end of the school year.

Contact: Melisa Woodhall, Grants Manager, mwoodhall@literacyconnects.org