Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2012, 2:29 pm

Quad-City Mayors celebrate national award

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Press release submitted by United Way of the Quad Cities Area


Cities pledge to eliminate the achievement gap in third-grade reading levels

DAVENPORT, IA – Next Monday, third grade students will read to Quad-City Mayors to celebrate the plan to eliminate the achievement gap (the gap between low-income students and their peers) in third-grade reading levels by 2020. This plan won a national All-America City Award this summer. The Quad Cities was one of 14 winners from a field of 127 entries and 32 finalists around the country.

The Mayors and other Quad-City leaders are getting involved to ensure that all Quad-City students are reading on grade-level by third grade. In some parts of the Quad Cities, low-income students are twice as likely not to be reading on grade level.

To show their commitment to the plan and commemorate this honor for the Quad Cities, several cities will be installing signs this year at the cities' entrances.

Third-grade students will be reading to local mayors and a prototype of the All-America City sign will be presented
When: Monday, December 17 at 9:15 a.m.

Where: United Way of the Quad Cities Area, 3247 East 35 Street Court, Davenport, IA

"This is a great honor for our community," said Denise Bulat, executive director of the Bi-State Regional Commission. "It is inspiring to see the cities working together to create a better, brighter future for all of us. Past winners of the All-America City Award have used it to improve their community, and we hope to do the same."

"Winning this award is a great example of our community working together," said Scott Crane, president of United Way of the Quad Cities Area. "We assembled the experts around the table to develop this plan, and we have already started the hard work of implementation. Ensuring that children are reading on grade-level is just one way we are advancing education, income and health, the building blocks of a good quality of life, in the Quad Cities."