District Awarded Three-year Literacy Grant

District Awarded Three-year Literacy Grant
Posted on 06/13/2018

Garden City Public Schools announced Tuesday, June 12, that it has been awarded a grant totaling more than $3.2 million from the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK), a project of the U.S. Department of Education’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program. 

Eight grantees were selected from a competitive application process, according to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Kansas received the $27 million federal grant – one of the largest competitive grants ever received by KSDE – in October 2017. The agency applied for the grant in July 2017 with the assistance of the KU Center on Research and Learning.

KSDE invited districts/consortia meeting specific criteria to apply for funds from the grant. Districts had to serve at least 5,000 students in order to apply individually. Districts that serve fewer than 5,000 students could apply as part of a consortium.

The eight awardees will receive more than $3.2 million for literacy support during a three-year period. The eight that were selected – four individual districts and four consortia - represent a total of 32 Kansas school districts and 88,000 children.

LiNK projects will help advance literacy skills of children from birth through 12th grade, helping them to become successful readers and writers.

Each grantee developed a plan that will support students and their families in a variety of ways, based upon a study of local needs. In some districts, community agencies will provide free books and family reading activities, while others will work with preschool children to prepare for kindergarten. The Garden City Public Schools grant will offer standards-aligned curriculum, community partnerships, standards-aligned instruction, and professional development.

“This is big for Garden City Public Schools,” said USD 457 Superintendent Dr. Steve Karlin.  “Literacy skills are essential for all students to be successful now and in the future.  This grant funding supports the district’s plan to address student literacy through a school- and community-based effort.”

Throughout the three-year grant cycle, a network of resources for educators and families will be developed for future use. These resources will impact literacy at the state, regional and community levels, as well as providing professional learning opportunities for teachers and families.

LiNK will help schools meet the Kansas State Board of Education’s vision for education – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.

The district will hold a community celebration from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at Victor Ornelas Elementary School to celebrate literacy in the district and community.  Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served during the event.