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Local Schools to Receive Grant Money

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Thursday the 218 public school recipients of the 2019 Read to be Ready Summer Grants, which will provide a total of $8,900,000 in funding for tuition-free, month-long literacy-focused summer camps for 8,910 students in need across the state. For summer 2019, the fourth year of the grant program, the department expanded students’ access to the program by changing the student-to-teacher ratio. This allows more students to participate without sacrificing the quality and close-knit nature of camps.
Over the past three years, the Tennessee Departments of Education and Human Services, with support from First Lady Crissy Haslam, have partnered to expand the Read to Be Ready Summer Grant program. In summer 2018, about 7,700 rising first, second, and third grade students collectively spent over 6.8 million minutes reading and over 4.6 million minutes writing.
Students who attend Read to be Ready summer camps generally are economically disadvantaged and not reading on grade level. For summer 2019, there will be 218 summer programs in 114 districts across the state, including 56 camps located in economically distressed or at-risk counties.
All Tennessee public schools were eligible to apply for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program.
In the Coffee County system those elementary schools receiving grant money are Hickerson, Hillsboro, East Coffee, Deerfield and North Coffee.
In Manchester; Westwood Elementary.
No school in Tullahoma will be receiving money.