Wake County has been named as a finalist for the All-America City Award for exemplary work in eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers through the WAKE Up and Read collaboration. Wake County is one of 27 finalists selected from a pool of nearly 200 applicants across the nation. The annual All-America City Award, America’s oldest and most prestigious community recognition, is given to communities that exemplify outstanding civic accomplishments. In 2017, the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading will recognize communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on the key drivers of early reading success. Winners will be announced on June 16 at the All-America City Awards Gathering and Campaign for Grade Level Reading National Conference in Denver, CO. Read the press release here.