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Quitman school gets reading grant

March 16, 2004

Quitman - Every morning, students at Quitman Elementary read stories and answer questions. And soon, they'll have new and improved literacy activities thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. "We've been told to start looking through books to see if there's anything we want for supplemental material, any computer programs that would help," said Bobbie Weber, Third Grade Teacher.

Four hundred and four thousand dollars will help train teachers, test students, and fund new reading programs. "For our K3 students, they'll be 135 minutes of uninterrupted reading," said Akers.

And a literacy coach will be hired to help them along the way. "We're going to get a constant assessment to see how we're progressing and if there's anything we need to change," said Akers.

The school was chosen for the grant because of low reading scores on the Criterion Reference Competency test. Principal Akers hopes this money will make a positive change in next year's scores. "It's going to help our children and get them reading on grade level by the end of third grade," said Akers.

And sharpening those skills will not only make them more successful in reading, but in all subjects for the rest of their school years.

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