Embracing Our Differences partnered with Manatee and Sarasota County elementary schools, as well as the Sarasota County Early Learning Coalition to offer a unique classroom reading opportunity to support the importance of creating kindness with "bucket filling" in our classrooms, schools and homes. More than 6,500 students from 370 classrooms in 82 schools were read to, virtually, by more than 190 volunteers!
Unity Days are full-day school events where students and staff will participate team-building activities that encourage cooperation, communication and empathy, while encouraging students to embrace their similarities and respect their differences. This school year, Embracing Our Differences hosted seven Unity Days at each Sarasota County public high school, engaging over 500 students and teachers via the initiative.
Embracing Our Differences celebrated the importance of kindness, respect and literacy, with the 7th annual "Embracing Our Differences Reading Day.” With the help of 300 volunteers (and our wonderful partners: Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, The Patterson Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast & an anonymous family foundation) this year’s initiative reached 7,800 students from 60 elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties and provided more than 8,200 books for students and classrooms.