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Vision To Learn Hits the Road in Northeast Iowa

Vision To Learn is officially on the road to helping students see more clearly in Northeast Iowa. Since January, the mobile clinic has traveled to 17 elementary schools to provide vision screenings* to students identified by school screenings. So far, in 2017, the clinic screened 291 students and prescribed glasses to 220 students. Each of […]

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St. Mark Instills a Love for Reading Year-Round

When Beth McGorry walks into bookstores in Dubuque, her first item of business is to look for diverse faces on the covers of children’s books. It’s not something she used to notice, but through her work at St. Mark Youth Enrichment, she knows how important it is for kids to be able to see themselves […]

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Today I met the Storybook Barber

By now you may have heard of the Storybook Barber, the barber at Spark Family Hair Salon who offered free cuts to kids back in August if they read him a book. Courtney Holmes’ story went viral fast and he has since appeared on national media including the Rachel Ray Show, NBC Nightly New and […]

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5 Ideas to Help Kids Read at Grade Level

No matter who you are or what your occupation, you can help kids in your community read at grade level. Here are five ideas of how you can help. Join the #BarberReadingChallenge and share what you are doing in  your community! Read 20 minutes a day to a child  Research shows that children who are […]

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Assessing GLR Progress

In 2012, Dubuque joined more than 100 communities by filing a Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. This CSAP described in great detail how Dubuque planned to make progress on school readiness, school attendance, summer learning and grade-level reading by 2016. The CSAP addressed the following six assurances that were […]

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Summer Program Teaches Entrepreneurial Skills

On Friday, July 10th after a long week of math, the kids of the Playground Explorations program at Comiskey Park displayed the entrepreneurial skills they had learned by hosting a lemonade stand. After just an hour and a half, they had raised $103 and engaged many community members. Those who stopped by to enjoy the […]

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AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Impacts Student Test Scores

By Mary Bridget Corken-Deutsch, program director for AmeriCorps Partners in Learning AmeriCorps Partners in Learning has always had a focus on education in Dubuque. In spring 2014, however, we rewrote our federal application to align with the goals of Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. In fall 2014, we began implementing this new program, focusing specifically […]

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