WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) – Representative Tom Reed has announced literacy grants for both Elmira City and Hornell City School Districts.
According to Reed's office, the Elmira City School District will be given a $727,431 grant to help improve literacy skills in students.
The Hornell City School District received $671,522 grants for the same programs.
“We care about ensuring our children have a fair chance to receive a quality education,” Reed said. “This grant enables our local schools to fund projects which promote literacy and encourage children to read.”
The United States Department of Education provides grants like these through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program in order to promote the development of literacy skills in American communities.
IAL grants may be used to develop and enhance effective school library programs as well as provide early literacy services.
“The Hornell City School District is grateful to be a recipient of this grant aimed on improving literacy within the school,” said Superintendent of Hornell City School District, Jeremy Palotti. “ The grant is focused on supporting students and teachers in grades PK-3 through providing resources, professional development, staff in the way of a librarian and through boots on the ground literacy support through a literacy coach. We believe that a key component for success in life lives within the ability to read well, write well, speak well, and to think critically.”
“A strong foundation of literacy is critical to learning in school and in the complex world around us,” Elmira City School District Superintendent, Hillary Austin said. “The Innovative Approaches to Learning Grant will provide significant opportunities for Elmira City School District teachers and students. This national award represents the good work happening in Elmira currently and even more importantly, the gains our students will make in the future.”