The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Oklahoman announcing a No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through School Libraries grant received by the Oklahoma City School District. 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.
"The Oklahoma City School District has been awarded a grant of nearly $350,000 to improve reading achievement, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced. The grant for $349,998 is part of the No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program.
"‘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,’ Spellings said in a statement.
"The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program helps schools improve their library media and address reading and other literacy challenges."
"Oklahoma City will use the grant for Project ASK (Achieving Success with Knowledge) for nearly 7,000 students in 16 elementary schools.
"The grant will be directed entirely to improving literacy through library media programs."
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