Statewide honor for Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Statewide honor for Anna Maria Oyster Bar
A volunteer reader helps a local student read during the award-winning "Dive into Reading" program at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar. (Source: Ray Collins)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A local initiative to help students read over the summer has earned a local business a statewide award. “Leadership Florida” gave the 2019 Impact Award to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.

Proprietors John and Amanda Horne launched a “Dive into Reading” program two years ago. Community leaders and other volunteers work one-on-one with kids, making sure their reading skills stay sharp during the summer recess.

The program began in Manatee County in 2017 and expanded to Sarasota County this summer.

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