Delray Beach- 2017 All-America City for the 3rd Time!
We are once again proud of Delray Beach for being named one of the 2017 All-America Cities! And, Delray is the only Florida city to receive this honor three times. You can learn about the other All-America Cities here.
The All-America City award is the “oldest (1894) and most prestigious civic award by the National Civic League.”
The 15 cities chosen were recognized for their efforts in the campaign for grade-level reading.
In 2010, Delray learned that only half of the city’s children could read at grade level by the 3rd grade. This is the grade at which an individual transition from learning to read to reading to learn. They began their Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.
Various programs were implemented to:
1.Increase school attendance
2.Increase children’s readiness to learn by the time they begin school
3.Continue this effort through the summer months.
With the help and support of parents, the community, local educators and businesses, there was a significant increase in the mean reading scores of participants. And “ Delray Beach saw an increase of 22 percent over two years in the number of low-income children reading proficiently.”
The ability to read and how it affects a person’s success not only in school but in life and in the community!
Congratulations Delray Beach!