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October is dyslexia awareness month.  Dyslexia is a learning disability that one in five students have, and affects about 80% of those with a learning disability.  Discovered in 1881, dyslexia is often characterized by difficulty rhyming, associating sounds with symbols, and sequencing and ordering sounds. Other signs include difficulty sounding out unfamiliar words, or reading […]

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AmeriCorps VISTA

Andrew Kirkland AmeriCorps VISTA, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque As you go about your life, you might run into someone who is involved with AmeriCorps — maybe at work or just in the community. You might also wonder what AmeriCorps is. You’ve likely heard of the Peace Corps, the organization that sends volunteers to impoverished […]

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Summer Fun in Dubuque

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation — and a break from school. Summer also is a time of great opportunity. In Dubuque, we are lucky to have a wide variety of programs and events through which students can play and learn in hands-on, enriching environments. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners recognize the […]

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Meet Jamie

Jamie may just be a few months old, but like too many children from low-income families, she will begin school already far behind. Since Jamie is less likely to be read or spoken to regularly or have access to books, high-quality daycare, and prekindergarten programs, she will be two times more likely to experience developmental […]

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Family Literacy Nights Foster Parent Engagement in Dyersville

Family literacy nights have become a key strategy for the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Initially, family literacy nights were created to give area providers a platform to share resources, provide information about the importance of reading aloud, and encourage parents to create an environment at home where reading is fun and a part of […]

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Dubuque Receives All-America City Award for Efforts to Improve Early Literacy

Dubuque has received the prestigious All-America City Award (AAC Award) for its civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. Dubuque was one of just 15 communities nationwide to receive the award from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League, which created the […]

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