CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Thirty West Virginia schools have been awarded $10,000 each to fund summer reading programs for at-risk children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
The grants are available through WV READS, which was formed as a result of legislation passed in 1998 to ensure that all public school students are reading at grade level in elementary school.
“Reading is the single most important skill that children need to be successful in school and in life," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "These grants will allow counties and schools to help those children who are the most vulnerable and in need of the most help.”
The schools receiving grants are: Barbour County - Belington Elementary, Philippi Elementary; Clay County - Clay Elementary; Doddridge County - Doddridge County; Fayette County – Meadow Bridge Elementary, Southside Elementary; Grant County – Petersburg Elementary; Greenbrier County- Chrichton Elementary, Greenbrier County: Kanawha County – Alban Elementary; Marion County – Barrackville Elementary- Mercer County- Bluefield Intermediate, Oakvale Elementary; McDowell County – Anawalt Elementary, Bradshaw Elementary, Iaeger Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Southside Elementary, Welch Elementary; Mineral County – Elk Garden Primary; Monongalia County – Brookhaven Elementary; Mason County - Dixon Elementary; Monongalia County – Mylan Park Elementary, Woodburn Elementary; Raleigh County – Fairdale Elementary, Stratton Elementary; Tyler County – Arthur I Boreman Elementary; Wayne County – Kenova Elementary; Wood County – Jefferson Center, Waverly Elementary.
For more information, contact Kathy Knighton, coordinator of the WV READS program, at (304) 558-2696 or the Communications Office at (340) 558-2699.