District Selected As One of Dozen Statewide Recipients For Reading Program Grant

District Selected As One of Dozen Statewide Recipients For Reading Program Grant
Posted on 05/18/2016

The Robertson County School District was recently selected as one of 12 statewide, and two Mid Cumberland Region school districts to receive a summer grant for the Tennessee Department of Education’s 2016 Read to be Ready program.


Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the recipients in Nashville on May 13.


Supervisor of Elementary Education Melanie Dickerson said RCS, “…will use the funding to provide intensive reading instruction to our 25 current kindergarten and first grade students at WES with the purpose of improving outcome.  We’re also trying to promote parents reading to students at night.


Dickerson said that this summer program is an extension of things already being done at Westside and will have a very structured format including oral reading, phonics, and vocabulary instruction on both group and individual levels.   


Earlier this year, in conjunction with the launch of the statewide Read to be Ready Campaign, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation gave a $1 million gift to the department to award for summer reading programs over the next three years. This spring, the department received over two hundred proposals and has selected 12 summer programs from across the state to receive funding.


“With less than half of the state’s third graders currently reading on grade level, we must approach reading in new and innovative ways,” Commissioner McQueen said. “Read to be Ready summer grants will support individual communities as they tailor their approach to reading to meet the needs of the families they serve.”


Read to be Ready is a coordinated approach to move third grade reading proficiency in Tennessee to 75 percent by 2025. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the importance of reading, unite efforts to address the reading gap, highlight best practices, and build partnerships. Read to be Ready summer grants are designed to support students even after the last day of school.




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