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6-12-18 — District Receives Federal Grant for Student Literacy

June 12, 2018 ~ Olathe Public Schools will receive a multimillion dollar federal grant from the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK) to advance literacy from birth through grade 12.

The project, titled Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy, will receive funds in the amount of $3,225,500. Monies from this grant will be equally distributed over the next three years.

The intent of the award is to significantly impact birth-grade 12 literacy for Kansas schools and families, and particularly underserved populations, which by federal guidelines include students with disabilities, English language learners, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The sheer magnitude of resources and professional development this grant will offer district teachers and students is unprecedented as we tackle literacy issues such as pre-literacy skills, dyslexia, reading, and writing for children from birth through grade 12,” Olathe Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain said. “This literacy initiative is truly a movement which will have a positive effect on every Olathe Public Schools student! We are beyond excited and cannot wait to begin this three-year implementation.”