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East Side receives literacy program grant

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mary Ray
An area elementary school received a grant to provide educational programs to students.

East Side Elementary received a grant in the amount of $32,479, which was awarded by the Indiana Department of Education for the Early Literacy Intervention program at the school.

"We are very excited," Principal Mary Ray said.

The grant provides funds for new technology, such as palm pilots for the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment test.

"It's very expensive," she said. "We will also be able to provide the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) for third-through fifth-grade students."

SRI is a comparable reading program, which will allow teachers to target the reading needs of each student.

The grant also provides materials for professional development and level textbooks. The books are designed for students that are not quite up to grade level.

For instance, a second-grader may still be at a first-grade reading level, and the teacher can use the books to work with the student to raise them to instructional level.

"It will build confidence and reading skills in the students," Ray said.

Other funding from the grant will allow education consultant Kirk Freeman to work with East Side Elementary parents.

"We were fortunate to receive the money in such a competitive grant environment," Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker said. "And we are excited that the principal and faculty at East Side are committed to raising achievement for all students."

Though they have yet to receive the money, Ray and the teachers are thrilled for the help.

"We are just anxious to get the funding and the okay for the purchases," she said.

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