Lakewood Elementary School has earned the Read to Achieve grant for the fourth consecutive year. The grant helps students in Kindergarten, first, second and third grades with reading fluency and comprehension.
The Kentucky Read to Achieve (KYRTA) Program was created under Senate Bill 19 in 2005 with the goal of supporting schools in implementing, identifying and providing a reading diagnostic and intervention program for students within primary grades (K-3).
Even though schools may have received the grant previously, every Read to Achieve school was required to reapply for the grant. Jennifer Wilcox, Lakewood’s RTA teacher, wrote and submitted the grant and was notified recently that the school received the grant for 2+2 years. That means that the school will receive the grant for two years and possibly an additional two years, pending an audit. Additional funding through Title I and local school funds also support the program through professional development and materials utilized in the reading intervention program.
The Reading Diagnostic and Intervention Grant Program is a competitive program that provides funds to schools to implement research-based reading diagnostic and intervention programs.
“We are thrilled to receive this grant for the fourth consecutive year,” Lakewood Elementary School Principal Shelee Clark said. “We have seen amazing results and have watched lots of students grow in their reading skills because of this grant and the passion Mrs. Wilcox brings to the program.”