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Innovative Approaches to Literacy

We are currently in our third year of a five year federally funded grant. Our main goal is to get books into the hands of ALL children and into their homes. Our cohort is ALL children birth to Senior year of high school. Our staff are Ms. Shannon Barnard, Community Literacy Coordinator and Literacy Coaches Ms. Brandy King and Jenny McCune. Ms. Barnard makes sure the community is connected to our project and has a seat at the table. Ms. King and Ms. McCune provide support to the district staff whether team teaching or provided needed professional development.

IAL has funded several programs/opportunities for the district. Book vending machines were purchased for the elementary and high school. Students received one free book from the recent Scholastic Book Fairs courtesy of the grant. Free books were distributed at numerous events within the community including the "Lot for Literacy" event in the city parking lot as well as during the Levitt Music Series held downtown this summer.

Currently a book bag program is being conducted for our preschool thru first grade students. Our hope is to increase math and reading success for our younger kiddos. Activities are designed for the students to perform at home with their caregivers. If you are interested in enrolling your child into this very valuable program, please contact the Project Director, Doug Coots @ (423)377-3633.

Please call into our Phone Book. Students and staff read short stories weekly for our students to listen. Students from all areas of the district are encouraged to read stories. (606)752-0362











Upcoming Event: Read Across America "A Lot for Literacy" MARCH 2, 2024 from 12 noon to 3:00 PM at the City Parking Lot.

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Read Across America

Some IAL Successes at a glance:

Summer '23 Levitt Music Series - Distributed over 500 books.

Book Vending Machines in the elementary and middle schools.

Poet Frank X Walker visited the high school.