LANCASTER — The Garrard County school district is receiving federal grant money that could help students not yet reading at their grade levels.
Superintendent Don Aldridge announced at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting that the school system has been given a portion of the Striving Readers grant, a $6.6 million federal grant being divvied up among eight states.
The grant program aims to improve literacy in areas where many students read below their grade level or live in poverty. The money can be used through research-based literacy programs to target students' reading skills, vocabulary, comprehension and other abilities, according to the Kentucky Department of Education.
Kentucky's share of the grant money is about $649,000. The school districts in Garrard and Lincoln counties are receiving part of the funds, as well as seven other school districts.