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SCS receives $2.2 million literacy grant


SCS Receives Three-Year Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant from the US Department of Education for $2,247,801


Laurinburg, NC (October 2018) – Scotland County Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $2,247,801 Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant funded 100% with federal funding from the US Department of Education. This grant will support an estimated 2,200 children ages birth to five, 6,000 PreK-12 students, 425 teachers, plus the family members of children served across all eleven schools in the district.

During the three-year grant, BRICK (Building Readers and Instilling Confidence and Knowledge), will promote high-quality early literacy practices to prepare young children to read; improve students’ reading ability and motivation to read; provide professional learning for teachers and media specialists; and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with a focus on computer science.

The overarching goal is to develop students who ‘love to read and read to learn’.  Children who are read to from a young age, have access to appropriate and engaging digital and print text, and receive literacy support and enrichment across the curriculum (including STEM), are more motivated to read and develop a love of reading which positively impacts reading fluency and comprehension leading to both positive academic and life outcomes.

Through this grant, the district will distribute books to children birth to age five, host early literacy events, add middle school book vending machines, expand family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and literacy nights with book give aways, build free little libraries throughout the community, increase access to books at school and home, distribute books in the summer and at events, and provide professional learning for teachers.

Many community agencies and organizations have agreed to support the program including Scotland County Memorial Library, Scotland County Literacy Council, Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families, Scotland County Health Care System, The Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg, The Purcell Clinic, United Way of Scotland County, and early childcare providers.

‘The focus for our district has been about creating opportunities for student to achieve success,’ noted Superintendent, Dr. Ron Hargrave.  ‘We believe that students who experience success in school are better able to compete after graduation for technical schools, colleges, universities, jobs, military and more.’

Hargrave continued, ‘The success for our students’ achievements in school is rooted in a strong foundation of reading.  It is gratifying to see that the collective work of the board, the teachers, administrators and staff are doing in Scotland County is recognized and supported on a national level.  This $2 million dollar grant will touch every school and impact thousands of our children and their families as we continue to improve the literacy skills of our children in Scotland County.’