State grant to aid reading at OF, Carey

The Ohio Department of Education recently announced North Central Ohio Educational Service Center has been awarded an Early Literacy and Reading Readiness Grant for the 2013-14 school year.

As part of the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Consortium, the following schools were identified as recipients of the grant: Old Fort Local, Carey Exempted Village and Richland Academy School of Excellence.

“The total grant of $146,400 will be split up between districts depending on their needs,” said NCOESC educational consultant Sandy Best.

The reason for the grant is to support children in meeting the Third Grade Guarantee requirements.

Old Fort plans to apply the grant in two ways, Superintendent Jude Meyers said.

A reading program called “Fast Forward” will be introduced into the elementary school curriculum. Meyers said the grant was also able to secure software for a targeted intervention.

“The software will help at-risk children and will hone in on helping kids who need assistance in the area of reading,” Meyers said.

Meyers said the school also will have the opportunity to offer a summer intervention program for students. It will be a six-week summer program for students who need additional instruction.

“These summer tools will be able to keep the students involved in active learning rather than trying to come back after three months,” Meyers said. “This is a neat program and a great opportunity for our kids.”