Students read books during the summer learning program in Dyersville.

After learning about the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and looking at community data, a group of educators, foundations, and nonprofit partners worked together to garner community support around the Campaign. Through a network of more than 30 individuals from more than 20 organizations, the Community Solutions Action Plan was written in late 2015 to outline the steps needed to support the community in helping prepare youth for school, increasing grade-level reading proficiency and preventing the summer slide.

Key accomplishments include:

  • 100% of students who attended the Summer Learning program in 2016, maintained or increased reading proficiency, with an average increase of 33%
  • Over 250 students in the Dyersville area have received school supplies through the Kick Off to School since the event began in 2015 as a way to promote regular attendance at school and support families in need.
  • Family Literacy Nights, held twice each year, have provided hands-on resources to families and have helped place more than 500 books in the hands of youth, helping to build their home libraries.

Campaign partners:

  • American Trust and Savings Bank
  • Child Care Resource and Referral
  • City of Dyersville
  • Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
  • Dubuque County Early Childhood
  • Dyersville Chamber
  • Dyersville Area Community Foundation
  • Dyersville Elementary School
  • Dyersville Federated Women’s Club
  • Dyersville Residents/Parents
  • Foster Grandparents
  • Girl Scouts
  • Iowa State Extension Office
  • James Kennedy Public Library
  • Kid Project Community Childcare Center
  • Life Connections
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Operation: New View
  • Project Concern
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Mark Youth Enrichment
  • Victory Ford
  • Western Dubuque Schools
  • Woodland Eye Clinic