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Coosa County schools are in year two of the five-year $1.8 million Literacy Everywhere federal grant. The Literacy Everywhere grant is a partnership among Coosa County schools, Alabama Parent Education Center, law enforcement, health care providers, and churches to improve literacy for students in kindergarten through twelfth grades.
The first year included meeting critical needs such as increasing the number of books in the school libraries, as well as the classroom libraries based on student and teacher recommendations; providing support to teachers for teaching literacy in content areas; providing support to parents to build literacy at home; and building students’ home libraries to include at least 30 books with book giveaways during back-to-school events, before winter break and at the end of the school year.
The innovative activities in year two include Six Sundays to Literacy, the Little Yellow School House in which older students conduct read-alouds on the bus ride home, and Prescription for Literacy which includes placing books in doctors’ and dentist offices so they can prescribe books to their young patients. Pictured is Karissa Crowe with dental hygienist Cindy Natali, who received her book prescription from Dr. Albritton at Coosa County Family Dentistry. Karissa has read more than 100 books this summer!
Thank you to Literacy Everywhere grant director Meg Masters, as well as all our community partners who are working to improve literacy for Coosa County students.