30 W.Va. Schools Receive $300,000 for Reading Programs

April 02, 2007

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 is 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 – Philippi Elementary; Fayette – Meadow Bridge Elementary, Scarbro Elementary; Grant – Petersburg Elementary; Greenbrier – Crichton Elementary, Greenbrier County Schools; Harrison – Wilsonburg Elementary; Kanawha – Alban Elementary, Bridgeview Elementary, Holz Elementary; Marion – Barrackville Elementary; Marshall – Cameron Elementary, McNinch Elementary; McDowell – Anawalt Elementary, Berwind Elementary, Bradshaw Elementary, Fall River Elementary; Iaeger Elementary, Kimball Elementary, War Elementary, Welch Elementary; Mercer – Brushfork Elementary; Mineral – Elk Garden Elementary; Monongalia – Brookhaven Elementary; Monroe – Mountain View Elementary, Peterstown Elementary; Raleigh – Stratton Elementary; Wayne – Kenova Elementary; Wood – Franklin Elementary, Jefferson Center.  

For more information, contact Kathy Knighton, coordinator of the WV READS program, at (304) 558-2696 or the Communications Office at (340) 558-2699.

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