Barton Academy and Graded School School receives $25,000 literacy grant

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BARTON — The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has awarded its $25,000 Year of the Book literacy grant to five elementary schools in Vermont, and Barton Academy and Graded School is one of the awardees for the 2019-2020 school year.

The grant will begin tomorrow when Duncan McDougal, the founder of CLiF will provide a short storytelling presentation and share more about what the Year of the Book will bring.

Each student up through grade six will have an opportunity to select the first of their books to bring home.

The Year of the Book grant involves a full school year of exciting programming, including several visits from Vermont authors, illustrators, poets, graphic novelists, and storytellers, family literacy events, special literacy programs selected by each school, funds for classroom projects, and new books for classrooms, the school library, and the local public library, as well as ten new books for each child to choose.

The grant is intended to create a culture of literacy within a community, to supplement schools’ literacy efforts, to provide low-income, at-risk, and rural children access to high-quality reading materials of their choice, and to get kids excited about reading and writing.

Selected schools demonstrated a commitment to literacy and creative ideas for promoting reading and writing, as well as high percentages of low-income students and students underperforming on reading and writing assessments.