Philomath Elementary School artwork

Over 65 Philomath Elementary students will benefit from funding awarded recently through the 2018-19 Barb Drennan Promising Practices grant program and the Chintimini UniServ Council of the Oregon Education Association.

Title I reading teacher K’Lynn Coleman was one of four educators from Benton and Polk counties who was chosen by the council to receive funding to support student learning in the classroom.

The grant program helps educators increase student achievement by providing funding for projects outside of classroom budgets. This year’s support will help Coleman engage struggling readers at Philomath Elementary by providing specifically designed, high-interest chapter books for her class to use as needed.

The books, Coleman said, look “just like the books that fellow students are reading but have have larger font and easier-to-read text.”

Coleman said having texts available in varied reading levels is important because it allows all students to read and enjoy them as a group, boosting participation and learning by meeting each student at their individual skill level.

The Chintimini UniServ Council contributes to awards provided through the Barb Drennan Promising Practices grant program, which is funded by Oregon Education Association’s Center for Great Public Schools. The combination grants range from $470 to $900.

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