Piqua City Schools awaiting approval for Straight A grant

By Belinda M. Paschal - [email protected]

PIQUA — The Piqua City School District is hopeful that approval will come for a nearly $900,000 grant that will fund the REACH with STEM program.

The $899,090 grant submitted by PCS and partners was among 20 chosen from 139 applicants seeking monies from the Ohio Department of Education’s Straight A Fund Governing Board. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Feb. 22.

“We are extremely excited,” said PCS Superintendent Rick Hanes. “This was an extremely competitive process and it’s great to bring tax dollars from Columbus back to our community.”

REACH (Reading Expands All Children’s Horizons) with STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is a five-year (2017-2022) initiative initiative developed by PCS, Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools and Franklin Monroe Schools and ThinkTV public television.

Designed to boost the reaching achievements of second and third graders, REACH with STEM will provide laptops and online educational media for anytime/anywhere learning. Teachers will assign lessons for students and parents to work on at home, thus creating a teacher-parent-student partnership.

Thirty-two interactive, self-paced reading lessons will be available online by fall 2017 through PBS LearningMedia. Each lesson is designed to last approximately two weeks, and will be an extension of what students are learning in school, giving them a chance to practice informational text through videos, interactives and games, as well as activities and additional reading.

“This grant provides the opportunity to retool and address our reading concerns by concentrating on informational text with our primary students,” Hanes said.

Student achievement will be evaluated at the end of each academic year by the Wright State University Center for Evaluation Research.

By Belinda M. Paschal

[email protected]

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.

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