Schools hand out kindergarten readiness bags

Kindergarten readiness bags supplied by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for families of incoming kindergartners at Title 1 schools. [Herald-Tribune photo / Yadira Lopez]

Kindergarten readiness bags supplied by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for families of incoming kindergartners at Title 1 schools. [Herald-Tribune photo / Yadira Lopez]

Sarasota County Schools and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are working together to increase early-reading proficiency for incoming kindergarteners by providing a literacy bag to improve school readiness and summer-learning opportunities for children from low-income families at Title 1 schools.

The Sarasota County Task Force for Grade-Level Reading Subcommittee for Early Learning is partnering with the Patterson Foundation to ensure children entering kindergarten have enriching literacy materials that can support their learning in the months before school begins. Sarasota County Schools encourages parents of incoming kindergarteners to register early.

Title I elementary schools will distribute a literacy bag to each family that registers an incoming kindergarten student this summer. Each literacy bag includes alphabet flash cards, first-word flash cards, number flash cards, color and shape flash cards, jumbo crayons, a Childcraft English Alphabet Literacy Chart, a set of upper-case and lower-case alphabet magnets, drawing paper and an English/Spanish picture book.

Part of a nationwide movement, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a community-wide effort to help all children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school by ensuring they read on grade level. The Suncoast region — Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida — is focused on addressing the most common issues and obstacles that impact a child’s ability to read to learn.

For more information, parents can contact Patti Brustad Folino at 941-650-6828 or patti.folino@sarasotacountyschools.net.

Check out this video for more information on kindergarten registration and kindergarten readiness bags.