Public school districts in Bristol, East Haven, and Waterbury have been awarded three-year grants from the Liberty Bank Foundation to provide early literacy programming for at-risk students in grades Pre-K through 3. The $30,000, three-year grants were awarded under the foundation’s Early Literacy Grants Program, which is in its second cycle.
The Liberty Bank Foundation introduced the Early Literacy Grants program in 2013 as a means of addressing the achievement gap between students of low income and their more affluent peers. It provides three-year grants of up to $30,000 to fund creative supplemental literacy programming at elementary schools in Liberty Bank’s service area. The goal of the grant program is to ensure that students are reading at grade level by grade 3—an important milestone.
“We’re looking to address the achievement gap between students of low income and their more affluent peers,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation. “Enabling children to read at grade level by the time they enter fourth grade decreases the risks of them falling behind in school, dropping out, and experiencing even more negative outcomes later on.”
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Pictured above at the Bristol Public Schools grant presentation, L-R: Jeanine Audette, Grants Manager for Bristol Schools; Toral Maher, Liberty Bank Foundation; Chris Wilson, BOE Commissioner; Clarence Bowen, Liberty Bank Bristol; Erika Coleman, Supervisor, Elementary & K-8 Literacy; Kathy Lanahan, District Literacy Department Head; Dr. Sue Moreau, Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Pam Brisson, Director, Office of Teaching and Learning; Dr. Ellen Solek, Superintendent; Dr. Kim Kapken, Director of Special Services.
Pictured above: East Haven School District has received a three-year Early Literacy Grant from the Liberty Bank Foundation. This $30,000 grant will aide in the implementation of the Wilson Fundations program in all pre-K and grade 2 classrooms. Pictured L-R: Erica Fortier, Assistant Superintendent, East Haven School District; Abel Cherian, Liberty Bank, New Haven Branch; Dr. Portia S. Bonner, Superintendent, East Haven School District; Toral Maher, Liberty Bank Foundation.
Pictured above: Waterbury Public School officials receive a three-year Early Literacy Grant from the Liberty Bank Foundation.