Our Grants - Language Arts & Literacy

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Provided funds for a major upgrade of the library resource materials available on-site at Douglass High School. The new library provides students with access to much needed reading and research materials, which improves learning and builds information retrieval skills.

Grant Funds Requested: $7,500

All-Star Readers

Struggling readers at Grant School became “all-star” readers with the help of more than 50 community volunteers. The grant funds purchased books and materials used by children and volunteers in weekly literacy sessions.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,500

Buckets of Books

This project gives the students at Fairview Elementary the opportunity for author, theme and genre study as well as experiencing good models for writing. Activities help develop higher-order-thinking skills such as comparing, contrasting, analyzing and synthesizing.

Grant Funds Requested: $1,554

The Literacy Equation

Workshops teach parents strategies to help early readers at Two Mile Prairie Elementary. Special software allows teachers to match students of any grade and ability with books that maximize reading success.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,030

Enhanced Reading Achievement

A three-pronged approach is used to meet the needs of emerging and struggling readers at Rock Bridge Elementary. Parent involvement is facilitated by a demonstration video. One-on-one tutors focus on individual needs. Students have access to appropriate-level reading materials.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,500

Reading for Life

A Listening and Reading Center to strengthen and improve 1st and 2nd-grade students’ reading skills at Lee Elementary School. Student Literacy Bags, Literature Study Groups, Strategy Study Groups, and reading-related community service projects are employed.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,000

Promoting Literacy Through Technology

The Wiggleworks program uses proven technology to promote literacy at Parkade School and increase reading levels each year for approximately 220 students in kindergarten through second grade. Wiggleworks consists of an effective interactive computer program used directly by the students in conjunction with stories in book form and on CD-ROMs.

Grant Funds Requested: $9,341

Making Books for Beginning Readers

Teachers and community volunteers make books for beginning readers using special equipment purchased with the Foundation Grant Award. The books were distributed among the elementary schools in the district. Teachers request texts appropriate for their particular student. This program adds to the amount of practice beginning readers have on texts at their level, and also allows them to take books home to practice.

Grant Funds Requested: $2,939

West Boulevard Bobcat Summer Camp

This grant to West Boulevard Elementary provided supplemental support for a six-week camp during the summer for students in kindergarten to 5th grade. This program expands the instructional curriculum through reading and writing themes and special projects. The students are motivated to expand their knowledge into new areas. The camp provides extended learning opportunities, especially for at-risk students. A mobile word processing unit with 30 laptop stations was purchased.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,190

Learning Luggage

This grant to Shepard Boulevard Elementary supported the creation of school-to-home learning kits. These kits take school home to encourage achievement by allowing children to work at their own pace and in their own way in a familiar environ-ment. This learning luggage links parents to the classroom in areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. The kits are easily adapted as curriculum and children’s learning interests and needs change.

Grant Funds Requested: $3,500
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