May 3, 2018-  The Georgia Department of Education has released the names of the recipients of the newest federal literacy grant, Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia (L4GA).  Gordon County Schools was notified in a letter from State School Superintendent, Richard Woods that the school system’s application was among those chosen and the district will receive $1.8 million in grant funds. “I want you to know that the receipt of these funds is a testament to the strength of your district’s application and the hard work of your leadership team. The competition for the funding was fierce; we received an unprecedented number of applications. Please accept my sincere congratulations for developing a clear, focused, student-centered plan to improve literacy outcomes in your district. I look forward to working with you to get all students on a path to reading proficiently by third grade,” said Woods.

    With this grant, Gordon County Schools will have provided a total of $4 million in literacy support to its community.  In 2015, the district was awarded $2.2 million in Striving Readers grant funds from the Georgia Department of Education. The focus of the previously-awarded grant funds was K-8 education. The most recent grant, L4GA, was written to provide high-quality print and digital fiction and non-fiction materials for children ages birth-12th grade.  These additional funds will allow the district to provide support for infants and pre-school students, as well as high school students preparing for post-secondary endeavors. 

    “This was truly a team effort. Under the direction of our Curriculum Director, Beth Herod, the System Literacy Specialist and the Literacy Coaches at each school all worked diligently to prepare the grant application to best reflect the needs of our district and community.  They worked with members of the literacy community in our area to lay out a well-organized and thoughtful plan to ensure we are utilizing these funds in the best way possible.  The goal is to ensure children have a firm foundation and are ready to learn before they arrive in our district and that we are able to support their literacy needs throughout their time with us,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools’ Superintendent.