For the past eight years, the Moonshot Moment Literacy Movement of Indian River County has been awarded a Pacesetter award from the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading, acknowledging our community’s collective impact work to transform Indian River county through literacy!
Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN)
The Moonshot Community Action Network is a group comprised of over 125 community partners including nonprofits, community leaders, business leaders, School District members, and funders that meets monthly to define how to support the work of the Moonshot Moment in the community. The Learning Alliance is the managing partner of MCAN, and as such we work with our Moonshot Leadership Council Fellows to organize and facilitate these meetings and support the various dimensions of the work. MCAN is integral to our progress and serves as a launch pad for galvanizing community action and sharing the work that is important to the goal.
Community and Family Engagement
Understanding that literacy begins at birth, efforts to engage and educate families is a major focus for TLA and the Moonshot Moment. We do this with a variety of initiatives, programs and events throughout the year in our community.
The Reading Rocket: A Mobile Literacy Lab
The Moonshot Moment Reading Rocket is an "Intentional Learning Space." It is our community's mobile literacy lab that creates customized, enriched-literacy experiences for children and families in Indian River County, Florida - and beyond! The Rocket partners with dozens of early childhood organizations. As a collaborative project, the Reading Rocket is a visible symbol of our community's collective commitment to the Moonshot Moment goal, reaching families across Indian River County. Creating literate, compassionate, and creative lifelong learners who can improve our world is at the heart of this mobile classroom's mission.
The Moonshot Rocket gained national attention in the summer of 2017 and 2018, when the Campaign for Grade Level Reading invited us to bring it to their annual conference in Denver, CO and in 2018 to Philadelphia, PA, to share our arts-integrated community building project - Voices: A Community Tapestry of Stories.
For more information on the 2017 Summer Rocket tour, please view our brochure.
Moonshot Moment Bookmobile and Luna the Literacy RV
Studies show that in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one age appropriate children's book for every 300 people. For this reason, in the summer of 2016, TLA created a Moonshot Bookmobile program to “Stop the Summer Slide.” In 2016, we visited communities six days a week and gave away over 3,500 books to children and adults who weren’t able to access our public library. Since our inception, we have given away over 30,000 books through our weekly visits to Wabasso, Gifford, Oslo, and Fellsmere, Florida.
We welcome donations of gently used children's books, and they may be delivered to the Bookmobile, or to the Vero Beach United Way or Indian River Chamber of Commerce. If you want to be a book drop off site or to volunteer at the Bookmobile, please contact Marie O'Brien at 877-548-READ (7323.)
Half the achievement gap between rich and poor children starts before kindergarten.
One in 10 kindergarten and 1st grade students misses a month of school each year.
Low-income children lose 2-3 months of reading achievement each summer.
Parents are the first and most important teachers in their child's life.