30 W.Va. Public Schools Receive $300,000 in Reading Grants

March 27, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thirty West Virginia public schools are the 2009 recipients of WV READS grants, totaling $300,000. Each county or school will receive $10,000 to fund summer programs for kindergarten through fourth grade children who have difficulty reading.

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.  We are extremely grateful to the Legislature for creating this program. The impact on our students is insurmountable.”

Schools and counties receiving grants are Alban Elementary, Kanawha; Anawalt Elementary, McDowell; Arthur I. Boreman Elementary, Tyler; Barrackville Elementary, Marion; Bluefield Intermediate, Mercer; Bradshaw Elementary, McDowell; Brookhaven Elementary, Monongalia; Crichton Elementary, Greenbrier; Doddridge County Schools; Elk Garden Primary, Mineral; George Ward Elementary, Randolph; Greenbrier County Schools; Jefferson Elementary, Wood;  Kellogg Elementary, Wayne; Keyser Primary Middle, Mineral; Madison Elementary, Ohio; Mason-Dixon Elementary, Monongalia; Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette; Mountain View Elementary, Monroe; Petersburg Elementary, Grant; Peterstown Elementary, Monroe; Romney Elementary, Hampshire; Sistersville Elementary, Tyler; Spencer Elementary, Roane; St. Marys Elementary, Pleasants; Stratton Elementary, Raleigh; Summersville Elementary, Nicholas; Waverly Elementary, Wood; Welch Elementary, McDowell; and Wirt County Primary Center.

The West Virginia Legislature in 1998 passed legislation establishing an extended time competitive grant program for elementary children. Schools must demonstrate a considerable need in reading to receive the grant. A vast majority of the schools that have received the award in the past have shown a significant improvement in students’ grades and test scores.

For more information about WV READS contact Kathy Knighton in the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Special Education at (304)558-2696 or at kknighto@access.k12.wv.us, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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