Karnes City I.S.D. was awarded $409,258 and Refugio I.S.D. was awarded $226,145 under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.
“No one can underestimate the power of learning how to read at an early age,” said Hinojosa. “It is an absolute high priority and a necessary skill for everyone. I am very pleased to see that Karnes City and Refugio I.S.D. were awarded these important grants by the U.S. Department of Education as it will assist in providing essential supplies and reading materials to educators to enhance the educational opportunities for their students in their communities.”
The purpose of the program is to promote early literacy for young children and to motivate older children to read. The program incorporates the use of school libraries where books will be distributed to children and their families and offer high-quality literacy activities.
In many communities, high-need children and students have limited access to grade-level reading material in their homes. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood literacy activities and book distribution efforts.