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Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Seeks Summer Program Proposals

The Campaign is now accepting proposals from organizations to provide summer enrichment programs to complement the school district’s summer reading program.

Without access to enriching summer activities, research shows that children can lose up to three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer. By the end of fifth grade, these students could be as much as two grade levels behind their peers.

Dubuque’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners are supporting a coordinated approach among summer program providers, schools and funders to assist in maintaining and possibly increasing reading proficiency during summer breaks. The Campaign is now accepting proposals from providers interested in offering a summer enrichment program to complement the summer reading program offered by the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD).

DCSD and the selected organization will collaborate to create a Summer Academy Program for students struggling with reading to help them prepare for success in the upcoming year. The program will need to provide meaningful enrichment and recreational activities that support and enhance the literacy program offered by DCSD.

Interested organizations can find the request for proposal (RFP) with detailed information on the project and how to submit a proposal at The deadline to submit a proposal is February 2 at 5 p.m.

Every Child/Every Promise, a strategic initiative supported by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, launched the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2011 with the goal of helping children read at grade level by the end of third grade—a key predictor of school success and high school graduation. By bringing together schools, parents, nonprofits, community leaders and funders, the Campaign works to ensure more children succeed in school and are prepared for college, a career and citizenship.

Click the link to see the full RFP: RFP – GLR Summer Academy

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