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Several Area School Districts to Benefit from Federal Literacy Grants

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Traci Hinman spent years as a secondary education English teacher. She knows exactly how hard teaching reading and writing can be. But thanks to two federal grants totaling around six million dollars, some teachers will be getting a literacy coach.

"I did not know how to teach reading in my classroom. So I'm really excited for the secondary folks who have an opportunity to really start honing in on their literacy skills and how that could help in their classroom. And why kids who are struggling with literacy might act out in other ways and cause potential problems down the road, classroom management."

Sixteen Kansas school districts will be benefiting from the money over the next three years.

"Every district has designed a literacy program based on their own strengths and areas they want to improve. We will use professional development, instructional coaching, as well as multiple other methods to improve individual teacher's to improve reading and writing" says Monica Murnan from the Greenbush-The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center.

Because literacy is a key factor for a bright future. 

"Kids have increased earning potential, they have more opportunities and choices in their lives as adults if they have better literacy skills."

She also says having good literacy skills helps people have a more holistic look at life.

School districts like Riverton, Pittsburg and Cherryvale will be able to start using the funding next month. 

So whether schools get free books, a literacy coach, or other resources, they hope to set these Kansas kids to be life long learners.

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