Jackson County

Students participate in a field trip during Summer Adventure.

In 2013, a school administrator approached the Community Foundation of Jackson County (CFJC) with the idea of becoming a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community to address county literacy concerns. In 2014, CFJC, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, received a three-year anonymous donor grant to expand the initiative to Jackson County. In January 2015, community members gathered in support of the Campaign to begin the first steps of examining the data and creating an action plan. The Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) was created, outlining the work to be done in each of the three focus areas. Since that time, the steering committee and sub-groups have been convening regularly and taking action to meet the goals laid out in the CSAP.

Key accomplishments include:

  • Summer Adventure, a county-wide summer learning program, has been offered in Jackson County for the past two years. In 2017, 72% of students who attended maintained or improved their reading proficiency over the summer months.
  • In an effort to improve access to books, 13 Little Free Libraries have been installed throughout the county
    and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has seen an increase in enrollment.

Campaign Partners:

  • Andrew Community School District
  • Bellevue Community School District
  • Bellevue Public Library
  • Child Care Resource & Referral
  • Community Foundation of Jackson County
  • Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Early Childhood Iowa
  • Easton-Valley Community School District
  • Genesis Health
  • ISU Extension & Outreach
  • Jackson County Conservation
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Maquoketa Community School District
  • Maquoketa Public Library
  • Maquoketa YMCA
  • Marquette School
  • Operation New View – Head Start
  • Preston Public Library
  • Sacred Heart Elementary
  • Sunshine Learning Center
  • Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa