By danny restivo
The Ohio Department of Education has awarded the Campbell school district almost $120,000 for a 2013-14 elementary school reading program.
The department is partially funding the school’s third-grade guarantee reading program with a $119,600 grant. Last year, the department of education established a grant to encourage districts and community schools to design and implement early-literacy programs for kindergarten to third-grade students. The third-grade guarantee is designed to get all children reading at their grade level by third grade.
According to a release, the department of education awarded 91 educational entities a total of $13 million from the Early Literacy and Reading Readiness Grant last week.
“It is vital to get every boy and girl in this state reading at grade level because reading is the gateway to learning and lifelong success,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio Department of Education.
“I thank the districts that pursued this grant, especially those who came together in groups to address this important need. I look forward to the growth we will see among young readers as a result of their commitment,” he said.
The grant allowed schools to apply individually, or with a consortium made up of three or more partners.
Dr. Robert M. Walls, Campbell Elementary School principal, said the school applied for the grant with members of the Swanston Foundation Campbell Works for Children, the Mahoning County Educational Services Center and Youngstown State University.
Walls said the goal is to provide an entire reading instruction program for all students while increasing reading achievement. He said an important part of the program’s success is parent and guardian participation.