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Sacramento, Stockton make top 25 PaceSetters list for reading

SACRAMENTO -- The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recognized 25 cities and counties as Community Solutions PaceSetters for their work addressing the challenges that keep low-income children from mastering reading by the end of third grade.

The PaceSetters will be honored at a conference June 30-July 2 in Denver that will launch a national network committed to grade-level reading.

Altogether, 124 cities and regions have joined the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Community Network, adopting a collective impact strategy that engages the full community around the goal of supporting low-income children from birth through third grade.

These efforts involve schools but acknowledge that schools alone cannot address the myriad challenges that keep children from learning to read. In particular, the Campaign is focusing on:

-- School Readiness-preparing young children to begin school ready to learn 

Coaching literacy by way of football

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Long after the final bell sounds at Riverview Elementary, a group of students huddle each evening to participate in an unusual literacy program with a football theme.

Competing in a frenzy of fast-paced reading and speaking drills in a classroom, the students, which range from 7-13 years-old, are eager to interact with each other and a few volunteer coaches who mentor them as a team.

The group of students hail from up to six elementary schools and two middle schools in the Rancho Cordova area.

The program is run by The Playmakers, a group led by football coach Greg Roeszler, whose mission is simple: building character and establishing core values of accountability, commitment, teamwork and family.

Reading volunteer opportunities available

SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!

May Writers Network: Author Judith Horstman on “Shameless Self Promotion”

May Writers Network: Author Judith Horstman on “Shameless Self Promotion”

The California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch’s monthly Writers Network’s breakfast meeting for May will feature author Judith Horstman on “Shameless Self Promotion”. The date is Friday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Horstman is an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine. She has been a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in just about every medium including newspapers, newsletters, special health publications, radio, video, the Internet, annual reports and books. Her journalism career spans 40 years, from a smalltown newspaper to USA Today and Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C. She has edited health articles and books for TIME Inc. Health.

Folsom Public Library Seeks Sunday Volunteers

Folsom Public Library Seeks Sunday Volunteers

The Folsom Public Library is recruiting customer-service oriented volunteers to assist staff on Sundays, according to Library Supervisor Greta Galindo.    

Galindo is seeking friendly and dependable volunteers who can commit to working as library docents from noon to 5 p.m. one Sunday a month.