Participating districts comprise 11 school libraries serving 12 elementary school campuses in three South Texas counties.
In the Beeville ISD, Fadden-McKeown-Chambliss (grades 1-5), Hampton-Moreno-Dugat (PK-K), R.A. Hall (1-5) and Thomas Jefferson (1-5) were grant recipients.
This year’s application marked the third time Beeville had applied for Launch Me to Literacy, said Melissa Hughes, curriculum/instruction elementary librarian for the district.
The project will primarily focus on grades prekindergarten through three (3,629 students), because those are the ages allowed for at the federal level, but the addition of resources will impact all elementary teachers and students served by the member libraries.
“The bulk of the grant will be for additional books,” said Hughes. “We hope to add on an average of three books per student in pre-K through third grade.”
The grant project is designed to be a catalyst for increasing family involvement in children’s reading and improving student reading achievement. Funding will enable libraries to purchase reading materials in all formats to enhance students’ learning, including print, digital and audio books and instructional technology tools.
New advanced technology such as instructional white boards and mobile technology teaching stations will be integrated into the curriculum to increase students’ skills in retrieving and using information.
Family literacy events held by each participating campus will guide parents in creating rich reading environments in their homes to support student learning beyond the school day.
The grant period will open Sept. 1 and continue through Aug. 31, 2011. Hughes expects to have books on the shelves by Halloween and hopes the first parent event will take place before Thanksgiving.