Reading grants go to 10 area schools

January 29, 2004

Ten area elementary schools are among 74 in the state that will get $89 million in federal money over the next six years to help students learn to read. The schools will get between $130,000 and $170,000 each per year to help students in kindergarten through third grades.

Area schools receiving grants and the amounts are:

* Boyle, Junction City, $170,000, and Perryville elementaries, $150,000; and Danville, Hogsett, and Toliver elementaries $150,000 each.

* Casey, Garrett and Middleburg elementaries, $130,000 each.

* Garrard, Lancaster Elementary, $170, 000.

* Lincoln, Crab Orchard and Highland elementaries, $150,000 each.

* Mercer, Harrodsburg, Evan Harlow Elementary, $170,000.

The schools will use the money to pay for reading coaches, materials and teacher training. They must show steady progress or lose the grants. Districts were eligible if one of their schools had at least 50 percent of its students qualifying for subsidized lunch, and fewer than 50 percent reading at levels the state considers "proficient."


Reading First is a component of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The initiative is designed to improve the reading levels of primary through third grade children and focuses on:

* Strengthening coordination among schools, early literacy programs and family literacy initiatives.

* Basing reading instruction practices on scientifically based reading research.

* Providing professional development for primary through third grades and kindergarten through 12th grade special education teachers in effective reading instruction.

* Identifying and implementing resources, materials and programs to support Reading First.

* Administering valid and reliable assessments for screening, diagnosing and monitoring student reading programs.

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