The Vernon Parish School Board (VPSB) has been awarded a grant which is intended to advance literacy skills in area elementary schools.

When applying for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant, VPSB requested $251,060 but instead received $351,500.

SRCL focuses on the pre-literacy, reading, and writing improvement for disadvantaged students.

The grant will be applied to five schools in the District– divided through LA-4 and Headstart classes at West Leesville Elementary, Pitkin Elementary, East Leesville Elementary, North Polk Elementary, and Evans Elementary.

The grant will enable recipient schools to purchase instructional and student outreach materials. Funds may also be used for professional development and for teachers to attend the Louisiana Teachers Summit.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The purpose of the SRCL discretionary grants is to create a comprehensive program to advance literacy skills — including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing — for students from birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities.”

The goal is that the grant will facilitate an overall higher level of literacy among students to ensure they are academically prepared to move on to the next level.