Teachers and administrators with Whitfield County Schools are getting a boost in their efforts to promote reading and writing among students, thanks to a literacy grant awarded by the state.
The school system is among 15 districts in Georgia to be awarded a Striving Reader grant by the State Board of Education in 2015. The grant will yield a total of $571,061 to be invested at Cohutta Elementary School and North Whitfield Middle School during the course of five years.
Whitfield County Schools was also rewarded last year with $2.3 million in Striving Reader grant funds to serve seven schools: New Hope, Pleasant Grove, Tunnel Hill and Westside elementary schools; New Hope and Westside middle schools; and Northwest Whitfield High School.
“We weren’t really expecting to get this new grant, because we already have a Striving Reader grant, and I was told by someone at the state level that it’d be extremely rare to get two,” said Superintendent Judy Gilreath. “So, you can imagine my excitement. It is just wonderful.”
According to the state Department of Education, Striving Reader is a comprehensive literacy grant program aimed at raising literacy levels in Title I-eligible schools where a significant number of students are reading below grade ...