42 Schools Receive $600,000 in Reading, Math Grants

April 15, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education announced today that 42 elementary schools were awarded reading and math grants totaling $600,000.  

State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart announced recipients of the WV READS and WV MATH grant during a ceremony in Charleston. Forty-two schools from 26 counties were awarded WV READS and WV MATH grants in the amount of $10,000 each.  

“We are extremely grateful to the Legislature for creating this program. These funds will allow schools to develop summer reading and math programs for at-risk students in grades kindergarten through four,” Stewart said. “The impact that programs such as these has on our students in insurmountable.”  

Marking its fifth year, the WV READS/WV MATH program has made a significant difference in student achievement of basic skills. Schools must demonstrate a considerable need in reading and mathematics in order 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 regarding the WV READS/WV MATH grants, please contact Kathy Knighton, Coordinator, Office of Special Education at (304) 558-2696.

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