GALION — Galion City Schools has announce that the district has been awarded more than $2 million in grants.
The Comprehensive Literacy State Development Subgrant for Birth to 5 totals $394,000 from the Ohio Department of Education. This grant is designed to develop new procedures and processes in the area of literacy for newborns up to age 5. and be able to maintain and sustain at the end of the grant with Galion being a model school for the state.
“We currently have approximately 69 percent of our students reading at grade-level and who are prepared for kindergarten,” said Melisa Watters, the district’s Director of Instruction said. “Our ultimate goal is to have 90 percent of our preschool students prepared for kindergarten by 2024.”
The district, in collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC), has also received the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant, which was awarded to the Galion Primary and Intermediate Schools and the Galion Middle School.
This grant totals $400,000 per year over a five-year period, equating to approximately $2 million. It is geared to assist before- and after-school programming for Galion students.
“Study after study has shown that a quality before- and after-school program can be a tremendous benefit to students,” said Galion Superintendent Jennifer Allerding. “Thanks to MOESC, we are working with former Galion administrator Sandy Powell to develop the new programs that will assist our families with before and after school options and will help our kindergarten through eighth grade students build skills necessary for success.”
You can read an earlier story about this grant at www.galioninquirer.com.
Added MOESC Superintendent Kevin Kimmel: “This is an exciting opportunity for Galion City Schools students, families and staff. The 21st CCLC grant will have a profound impact on the success of Galion students for many years to come.”
Funding received from each grant is required to be spent on very specific items related to each program.
“The grants require us to only use the funds for the intended purposes outlined in each grant application,” Allerding said. “We are excited for the future that these programs have for the students of the Galion City Schools.