Council Bluffs is one of 37 communities nationwide to receive a Campaign for Grade-Level Reading “Pacesetter Award” for its effort to promote early literacy.
The national honor recognizes the district’s and community’s energy, mobilization and creativity in a collaborative campaign to ensure more students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade.
“Council Bluffs is fortunate to have a coalition of innovative individuals who work together to provide opportunities for its youngest citizens to thrive,” said Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner. “Our students benefit when our community’s businesses, nonprofits and government agencies collaborate to ensure that children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed, attend school regularly and keep learning through the summer months.”
“We are impressed and inspired by what Council Bluffs has accomplished so far,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and a senior vice president at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “With its commitment, resourcefulness and collaborative spirit, Council Bluffs truly is setting the pace and providing a model for communities across the nation.”