Crossroads and Freedom Elementary Schools have been awarded Dollar General Store Literacy grants.
The total amount awarded was $2,500. Crossroads received $1,000 with Freedom getting $1,500.
Both principals said the funds will greatly benefit services to students.
“We are thrilled to receive the Dollar General Grant,” Crossroads Principal Julie Skeens said. “Crossroads will be using the Dollar General Grant to help supplement our intervention programs for reading. The grant will help us purchase Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Reading Intervention programs to assist our intervention team in providing high quality instruction for our students.”
Freedom Principal Matt Treadway said, “We are thrilled and are very excited for our students.”
Special education teacher Jaimie Johnson said the grant will be used to purchase chrome books and a book set for struggling readers at Freedom.
“In the intermediate grades, a common problem that we see is that our students who are reading below grade level struggle to find texts at their level that they are actually interested in,” she said. “They often times will avoid reading altogether or choose books that are much too difficult for them which prevents them from completing and/or understanding them.”
Johnson feels that with chromebooks, digital texts will now be accessible to them, along with apps that will provide accommodations to allow for easier access to the curriculum.
“This will also help to prepare them for middle school, where every student is now using a Chromebook,” Johnson said.