Reading grants announced for Tennessee 2019 program; 8 Hamilton Co. Schools awarded
Tennessee has awarded $8.9 million for next year's summer reading program.
The state Education Department said Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the 218 public school recipients on Thursday. The funds go toward tuition-free, month-long literacy camps for 8,910 students in need statewide.
Next summer will be the fourth year of the grant program, known as Read to be Ready Summer Grants.
The department said this year, about 7,700 first-, second- and third-graders participated, seeing increases in reading comprehension, accuracy and motivation.
Hamilton County Schools says eight schools in our area were awarded Read to be Ready summer program grants, including:
- Barger Academy of Fine Arts
- Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
- East Lake Elementary
- East Ridge Elementary
- Hardy Elementary
- Hillcrest Elementary
- Lakeside Academy
- Wolftever Creek Elementary School
“Reading and literacy is the very foundation of academic success for children and is a major focus for Hamilton County Schools in the Future 2023 Action Plan,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools.
“These important summer opportunities help our youngest learners to love reading which will set them on a path to improved learning and success as they progress toward graduation,” said Dr. Johnson.
Below, check out the full list of Ready summer grant recipients, which include schools in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area: