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CMS Awarded Grants to Facilitate Literacy Initiatives!

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
—Sir Richard Steele

Colchester Middle School has been awarded two grants—a $2,000 Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s Youth Literacy grant and a $500 WalMart Local Giving grant!

The grants, which will augment CMS’s existing curriculum materials for science, language arts, and social studies by funding the purchase of varied leveled books, will support the school’s initiative of inclusion for all students and particularly students with disabilities. In addition to visuals, the leveled readers will offer concept development, precise vocabulary, glossaries, and indexes. And while they are developed to facilitate the emerging reader, they are based upon CMS’s general education curriculum topics, including Ancient China, English explorers, and others. The reading materials are designed to support vocabulary and comprehension at a variety of language levels and to help students make real-world connections with the material.

The grants will also support the purchase of additional texts spanning an array of genres for use with general education classrooms as well as for students with limited English skills or limited reading ability. These resources will support the teachers’ work of actively collaborating to develop appropriately modified and accessible curriculum for all levels of student readiness.

To view the formal press release about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant, please click here.

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