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Summer Reading Gets a Financial Shot in the Arm

April 07, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education today announced that 30 state schools will receive 2006 WV READS grants totaling $300,000. Each school will receive a $10,000 competitive grant to provide summer school opportunities for students who exhibit reading difficulty.  

The 30 schools that have been selected by the review committee to receive a grant are as follows:  

Alban Elementary, Kanawha; Anawalt Elementary, McDowell; Barrackville Elementary, Marion; Berwind Elementary, McDowell; Bradshaw Elementary, McDowell; Brushfork Elementary, Mercer; Cameron Elementary, Marshall; Central City Elementary, Cabell; Central Elementary, Marshall; Clear Fork Elementary, Raleigh; Craigsville Elementary, Nicholas; Elk Garden Elementary, Mineral; Fairplains Elementary, Wood; Fall River Elementary, McDowell; Greenbrier County Schools, Greenbrier; Iaeger Elementary, McDowell; Jefferson Center, Wood; Junior Elementary, Barbour; Kimball Elementary, McDowell; Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette; Midland Trail Elementary, Kanawha; Mountain View Elementary, Monroe; New Haven Elementary, Mason; Petersburg Elementary, Grant; Peterstown Elementary, Monroe; Peyton Elementary, Cabell; Scarbro Elementary, Fayette; War Elementary, McDowell; Waverly Elementary, Wood; Welch Elementary, McDowell;  

Research indicates that remediation is necessary when students are younger and before patterns of failure are established. In 1998, the WV Legislature enacted House Bill 4306 for the initiation of an extended time competitive grant program for K-4 reading. WV READS was established to provide an extended instructional time program to address achievement difficulties that may prevent students from performing at grade level in kindergarten through grade four.  

For more information about WV READS contact Kathy Knighton, West Virginia Department of Education WV READS Coordinator at kknighto@access.k12.wv.us.

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