The Waukegan, IL, Grade-Level-Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress in summer learning. In Waukegan, initial results show that on average, children who participated in summer programming did not lose academic ability over the summer, compared to a seven point loss for elementary students in the previous year.
Waukegan Campaign for Grade Level members, Waukegan School District #60, United Way of Lake County, Waukegan Park District, the Waukegan Public Library and Kohl Children’s Museum collaborated to enhance and overcome barriers for children to participate in existing community programs. By working together, the group was able to provide full day academic, enrichment and recreational activities, provide bookmobiles and field trips and even offer scholarships.
The Waukegan GLR Campaign has reached out to approximately 10,000 low-income children in a district of 17,000 students. Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2013, local GLR lead, Michelle Crombie, commented, “The Campaign for Grade Level Reading brought together many organizations and dedicated individuals with a shared desire to ensure children in our community are successful. Because of our strong partnerships, several programs were enhanced, a collaborative summer enrichment program was developed and this summer, we plan to offer some exciting new early learning programming and an even more comprehensive summer learning program.”
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Waukegan among the following members of the local sponsoring coalition:
- Waukegan Public Schools
- Waukegan Park District
- United Way of Lake County, Inc.
- The Waukegan Faith Council
- Lake County Regional Office of Education
- Waukegan Welcome Center
- Bilingual Parent Advisory Council
- Clearview Elementary School
- Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
- Waukegan Public Library
- City of Waukegan
- Kohl Children’s Museum
- Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Lake County
- Spring Hill Communications
- Community Action Partnership of Lake County
- Rosalind Franklin University