COLUMBUS – Last month, more than $33 million was awarded by the Ohio Department of Education to 46 school districts and consortiums of districts to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children.
Liberty Union – Thurston School District was part of a three district consortium in Fairfield County that was awarded $167,238.85 for birth to age 5 programs and $293,014.78 for middle school programs. Two Licking County districts – Licking Heights and Northridge – were part of a 15-district consortium organized by the ESC of Central Ohio that received a total of $643,676.84.
“Reading is the foundational skill that ultimately allows us to learn more, and through this application process, we were able to see the great work happening in Ohio’s schools,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “These Striving Readers grants put crucial resources directly into classrooms across the state, and we’re excited to work with awardees to improve outcomes for Ohio’s most vulnerable children.”