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January 16, 2018

Grainger schools awarded four grants for summer reading program

Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent

RUTLEDGE – Grainger County schools have been awarded four grants for the 2018 Read To Be Ready summer reading program by the State Department of Education.

The awards were announced Tuesday by Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen.

“We are very fortunate to have received four grants. We are proud of the efforts of our principals and teachers,” said Staci Gray, curriculum coordinator for the school system.

She said the grants will allow the system to serve a maximum of 60 students at four locations: Bean Station Elementary School, Rutledge Elementary School, Joppa Elementary School and Washburn School.

This year’s program served 45 students at Washburn School and Rutledge Elementary School.

Gray said the sessions will begin June 4 and continue through June 28. They will run Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gray said students will take one field trip a week, and parent involvement will be increased. Students will be given at least six hardback books to take home and read.

Although it was not mentioned in the application, Gray said she felt the system’s designation as an Exemplary School System this year was a factor in the increased grants.

“We will be able to help our students through the implementation of Tennessee standards and a variation of application and instruction,” she said.

The program is designed to assist rising first, second and third graders increase their reading skills to help them get a better start in their education.

Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin commented, “It is exciting to know that we will be able to help more students next year.”

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