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Federal grant helps local students learn to read

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Bladen and Columbus County school kids may learn to read at an even earlier age, thanks to a federal grant. The school systems in the two counties have received a joint Early Reading First grant worth $4.3 million. The purpose of the grant is to provide preschoolers with enhanced learning opportunities to prepare them for future academic success. Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said, "It will enhance their alphabet knowledge, their oral language skills, and their phonetics. They will also be able to give them additional instruction time. Right now, we operate a full day program, but we only operate for 41 weeks out of the year. With these funds we'll be able to operate for 46 weeks out of the year, so that's an additional five weeks of instruction for the students." The grant is entitled CORE, which stands for Communities Organizing for Reading Excellence.

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Some people will complain

Some people will complain about anything that comes from Washington these days, no matter what the money is being spent for. I understand complaints for items where the various political parties differ fundamentally. But now they're complaining about spending on education? I thought every candidate was vowing to try to do more for education, including those who lost in the elections. NC is not exactly a top performer when it comes to the success rates in school. And Columbus County is not a high performer within our state. I would think that people would support spending to help our children attain academic success. It may lessen the chance that someday these children end up in the welfare office, or in the police blotter in the paper. Sure, I wish these kids were being taught more at home by their parents. Maybe their parents can't read themselves, who knows. But at some point, I would hope that people would support breaking the cycle of illiteracy and dropouts. Our nation will be better off with more educated people. This program can give some kids a good start to their educations.

Federal grant helps students learn to read and write

IF MOM AND DAD (SOMETIMES DAD) COULD LEARN TO READ AND WRITE, THEY COULD TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO DO THE SAME. THIS WOULD LIBERATE FEDERAL TAX FUNDS FOR SOMETHING LIKE, FOR INSTANCE PAYING DOWN THE DEFICIT FOR THESE VERY SAME CHILDRENS' FUTURE.

will it create new jobs ?

will it create new jobs ?