ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Elmira City Schools have just been awarded $727,431 to improve literacy programs across the district.
It's part of the U.S. Department of Education's Innovate Approaches to Literacy program, which aims to support for students in high-need areas all the way through graduation.
"Our teachers do a phenomenal job connecting with kids already and we really wanted to provide better resources and support for them," says Jay Hillman, Director of Educational Services for the Elmira City School District.
The Hornell City School District was also a recipient, with over $670,000 dollars to be used for technology upgrades.
Meanwhile, staff and faculty in Elmira will continue working to develop a multi-layer approach for students.
"[We want to] get those resources and materials so they're really surrounded by some books, they're surrounded by current materials, and we also get those things to go home," says Hillman. "We're providing parents with the same kind of support about 'how do i support my student in school and at home when it comes to literacy?'"
The hope is to better tailor learning for each individual student.
"That's really our goal at the end of the day is get as many kids as we can close to the grade level for reading," says Hillman. "That looks different for every student. There's a lot there to juggle, but for us its providing every student what they need, how they need it and when they need it."
The district will receive two additional installments of the same amount over the next two years.