TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Arkansas School District (TASD) announced Thursday they are one of 128 schools and districts in the state of Arkansas that will receive a subgrant to support literacy.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $38 million for the the Arkansas Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program. The Arkansas state department of education will divvy it up across the state, and TASD’s total awarded for the Successful Outcomes for Arkansas Readers (SOAR) subgrant was awarded $99,500.
The money will go towards addressing literacy in four major areas: family literacy, a summer reading program, professional development for teachers, and reading instructional materials for classrooms.
“The SOAR grant provides resources to address the reading development of our students by enhancing phonics instructional materials and increasing all students’ access to books both digital and print,” said Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Cook.
Funding from the SOAR grant will help ensure that all students have access to quality text for reading enjoyment and skill application.’
In addition to student and family support, the money will go to help provide professional development to teachers to extend the learning from the science of reading training and help with daily application of how to best teach each child to read.