On April 27, 2022, The National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced the City of Roanoke as a finalist for the 2022 All-America City Award. Roanoke is one of 20 finalist communities being recognized for improving the prospects for early school success and equitable learning recovery, including for children whose families are served by the nation's public housing agencies and affordable housing organizations.
The City of Roanoke has previously won the All-America City Award 7 times since 1952 and was selected as the first-ever All-America City Hall of Fame winner in 2019. Our current application reflects the work of the Roanoke Public Libraries-led Star City Reads coalition, city government, community members, and numerous community partners, especially the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, to focus resources on historically underserved neighborhoods. The partnership between the Roanoke Public Libraries, the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Kids Soar was highlighted; where Kids Soar was able to establish a center serving children from Northwest Roanoke at the Villages at Lincoln property, providing a much-needed opportunity for afterschool support for kids living in Northwest.
The 2022 All-America City Awards Event and Competition will be held virtually in conjunction with Grade Level Reading Week, July 19-21, 2022. Finalists will assemble teams of residents, nonprofits, businesses, government leaders, young people, etc. to present their efforts around the year’s theme, “Housing as a Platform to Promote Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery.” The event will culminate at the closing ceremony where this year’s winners will be announced.
To learn more about The National Civic League and the All-America City Award visit: https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/
To learn more about Star City Reads: Star City Reads – Roanoke's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative