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June 23, 2005 Extra Credit
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No Child Left Behind Grants Announced

The following are excerpts from recent articles highlighting No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through Libraries grant that the U.S. Department of Education awarded in Maine and Arkansas in the past week. The grants will allow libraries to increase their collections, improve technology, facilitate Internet links, enhance professional development opportunities and expand hours of library services. This year, the No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program is awarding 85 one-year grants in 28 states—a total of over $19 million. So far, 26 of those grants have been announced.

Maine, Magic City Morning Star:

“U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today announced that Katahdin Elementary in Stacyville and East Grand Elementary in Danforth have received grants totaling $177,182 from the U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL).”

“Katahdin Elementary School (KES) has been awarded a $106,845 grant that will aid the KES Library Project to establish a quality, up-to-date, technologically advanced library media center incorporating instructional materials aligned with current classroom curricula. The project will also hire a professionally certified library media specialist and provide on-going professional development to staff in the area of literacy instruction and assessment.

“The East Grand School has been awarded a $70,337 grant that they will use to: increase the number of books available to students and teachers that are aligned to the literacy curriculum; extend opportunities for students and families to use the library after school and during summer vacation to motivate students to become independent learners; and provide training in the Early Literacy Skills for teachers, staff, and parents.”

Arkansas, KARK-TV:

“The North Little Rock School District has been awarded a $65,549 No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program grant to improve students’ reading achievement, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced Tuesday.

“ ‘One of the cornerstones of No Child Left Behind is the assurance that all children will learn to read at grade level. School libraries play a critical role in this by providing children with books and other literacy resources so that they can strengthen their reading skills and achieve at high levels,’ said Secretary Spellings.

“The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program provides funds to help schools improve their library media and address the reading and other literacy challenges of their students. Funds can be used to increase library holdings, improve schools’ technological resources and capabilities, facilitate Internet links and other resource-sharing networks, enhance teachers’ professional development opportunities and expand hours of access to library services.”

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