ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Star City is being recognized for its scholastic star power across the country!

On Wednesday, April 27, the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced that the City of Roanoke has been selected as one of 20 finalists for the 2022 All-America City Award.

As a finalist for this award, city officials say Roanoke is 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 20 finalist communities reportedly represent 15 states and range in size from 4,500 residents to more than 3.9 million, but they all share a common bond of promoting early school success and equitable learning recovery.

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.

Statement released on April 28, 2022 by the City of Roanoke

The 2022 All-America City Awards Event and Competition is set to be held virtually from July 19 through July 21 — lining up with Grade Level Reading Week — before the winners are announced at the closing ceremony.

According to officials, 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.”

During the event, these teams reportedly connect and share insights with peers, learn from national thought-leaders, and present the story of their work to a jury of nationally-recognized civic leaders.