JACKSON, MI – Jackson County’s efforts to make sure young students are getting the support they need to be strong readers has received a joint $100,000 grant.
Energizing Education, which is part of Jackson County’s Cradle 2 Career network and operates as part of the United Way of Jackson County, is receiving the money through the Dorothy Levy Literacy Endowment Fund and the Jackson Community Foundation.
“This will greatly help us fund the programs we have up and running in six Jackson County schools, as well as bring in additional schools in the 2015-16 school year,” said Kriss Giannetti, Energizing Education coordinator.
Energizing Education currently serves students at Michigan Center’s Arnold Elementary School, Northwest’s Parnall Elementary School, Grass Lake’s George Long Elementary School and Jackson’s Bennett, Frost and Northeast elementary schools.
This grant was initiated by the Dorothy Levy Literacy Endowment Fund, a component fund of the Jackson Community Foundation, as a challenge to raise $50,000 from the community that the foundation then would match, said Monica Moser, JCF president and CEO.
Energizing Education works specifically with kindergartners through second-graders who read below grade level but aren’t so far behind they require greater interventions. Students work on their reading skills for 30 minutes one to two times a week with volunteer mentors who have been trained by a literacy specialist.
The goal is to have all children reading at grade level by third grade to better their chances of success throughout the remainder of their days in school.
Volunteer mentors are always in demand. If you would like to help out, visit the Energizing Education website or contact Giannetti at 517-841-2148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.