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62 State Schools Awarded $5.7 Million in Reading Grants

May 23, 2000

At a ceremony held in Charleston today, 62 schools in 23 counties were awarded $5.7 million in grants to improve reading achievement in West Virginia schools.  

Reading for All - Reading Excellence grants were presented to schools located throughout West Virginia. The grants will allow schools to focus on reading achievement in the early years –- kindergarten through third grade.  

“We’re pleased to announce these grant awards which will provide funding for sound, research-based reading programs,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart. “The programs initiated with the help of these grant monies will improve student reading achievement and provide professional development for teachers.”  

The grants will fund programs for a two-year period, beginning June 1, 2000. Counties submitted applications for the funds in December. Applications were screened in a rigorous, competitive process by a committee consisting of educators and literacy experts from throughout West Virginia.  

Funds provided counties are from a federal Reading Excellence Act Grant awarded to West Virginia in 1999. West Virginia was one of only 17 states receiving these federal funds in a competitive process.  

Counties receiving grants include: Barbour, Boone, Doddridge, Fayette, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Randolph, Wayne, Webster, Wood and Wyoming.

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