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Georgia Department of Education awards summer literacy grants

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April 23, 2020 – The Georgia Department of Education is awarding a total of $241,900 to rural school districts to help them expand access to summer literacy programs, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.

Nineteen rural districts are receiving the summer literacy grants, which can be used to create, develop, and implement summer learning initiatives that support literacy education and improve student outcomes in English Language Arts and literacy during the summer months.

For example, districts may choose to increase or extend their media center's summer hours; provide books and resources to families; offer parent engagement workshops on literacy skills; or link summer book clubs or contests to their summer nutrition programs.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, awarded districts have the flexibility to use their funds for activities this summer or during summer 2021.

“Providing opportunities for continued reading and literacy learning during the summer months is essential," Superintendent Woods said. “These funds will help school districts reach their students where they are and provide ways to keep reading and learning all summer long."

The grants are part of GaDOE's broader Partnership for Rural Growth initiative, which seeks to expand the resources available to public school districts in rural Georgia.

All eligible school districts were given the opportunity to apply for the summer literacy funding. For the purposes of the grant, a rural school district is any district currently eligible for funding under the federal Rural Education Achievement Program.


Districts Awarded Funding​

DistrictSchoolFunding Amount
Baldwin CountyLakeview Academy$10,000
Baldwin CountyMidway Hills Primary School$10,000
Baldwin CountyBaldwin High School$10,000
Baldwin CountyLakeview Primary School$10,000
Bleckley CountyBleckley County Elementary School$10,000
Brantley CountyBrantley County Middle School$10,000
Brooks CountyNorth Brooks Elementary School$10,000
Brooks CountyBrooks County Middle School$9,300
Brooks CountyQuitman Elementary School$10,000
Bulloch CountyMill Creek Elementary School$10,000
Burke CountyWaynesboro Primary School; Blakeney Elementary School; SGA Elementary School$10,000
Dooly CountyDooly County K-8 School; Dooly County High School$10,000
Dublin CitySusie Dasher Elementary School$10,000
Echols CountyEchols County K-8 School$10,000
Grady CountyWhigham School$10,000
Glascock CountyGlascock County Elementary School; Glascock County Middle/High School$10,000
Jasper CountyJasper County Primary School$10,000
Jefferson CountyJefferson County Middle School$9,800
Madison CountyComer Elementary School$5,500
Madison CountyDanielsville Elementary School$2,300
Madison CountyIla Elementary School$9,900
Meriwether CountyMountain View Elementary School; Unity Elementary School; George E. Washington Elementary School$10,000
Montgomery CountyMontgomery County Elementary School$10,000
Talbot CountyCentral Elementary-High School$5,100
Taliaferro CountyTaliaferro County School$10,000
Thomaston-Upson CountyUpson Lee Primary School$10,000