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Caterpillar gives $12,500 to Boyle schools

August 21, 2003

Caterpillar Foundation has donated $12,500 to the Boyle County Schools' research-based literacy initiative on behalf of employees at Danville plant.

The literacy initiative sets high standards of instruction and learning for the three elementary schools in the district.

"We're proud to be part of the Danville community. Caterpillar is committed to supporting important educational programs in the communities where our employees live and work," said facility manager Mark Stratton.

"We wanted to help fund this program because we're confident that it will have a direct positive impact in helping the children in our community to develop and prepare to be successful."

"We are very pleased to have Caterpillar as a partner in our literacy initiative," said Boyle Superintendent Pam Rogers. "The Caterpillar contribution will ensure that our momentum will continue with even more dramatic results into the third year of our standards-based instruction. In our second year, we already are witnessing impressive gains in writing and reading skills.

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"As these elementary students who started school with this initiative progress to the middle and high schools, we're going to see significant learning beyond where we were with our earlier approaches. We credit the gains to the standards base and districtwide continuity in methodology. Caterpillar's gift supports our efforts to implement higher learning standards in writing, reading, math and science. We're confident that our students will be better prepared for the international marketplace," said Rogers.

Grant writers Kathy Belcher of Boyle County Schools and Katie Jo Kirkpatrick of the Community Development Council joined efforts in writing the grant request.

"Caterpillar's gift will directly benefit students," said Belcher. "The gift will be used to provide school and classroom library sets of leveled books to support the reading portion of the program. Students read many books, especially at the primary grade level. In addition to daily reading, students read 25 books per year and a Book of the Month for group study."

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