Rayburn receives literacy grant for ESL, special ed. students

Rayburn receives literacy grant for ESL, special ed. students
Posted on 03/31/2017
Rayburn receives literacy grant for ESL, special ed. students

By Reesha Brown

Rayburn High School received a $2,100 grant award recently from the Houston CPA Society to start a “Leap in Literacy” reading program.

The program, designed to increase reading comprehension and fluency, will benefit 477 English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education students.

“We want to ensure that our ESL and special education students have access to books that are high interest and appropriate for their reading levels so they feel empowered to engage in class discussions and continue reading on their personal time,” said Lacey Lee, ELAR campus content specialist.

Leap in Literacy will target struggling learners who have challenges reading advanced literature due to learning disabilities or language barriers. Through the program, students will have access to on-level, age-appropriate books and instructional materials. 

According to Lee, one of the grant writers, the ultimate goals of the Leap in Literacy grant are to help students read at advanced levels, to support student mastery of high school English skill sets, and to increase student performance on state assessments so that they can graduate with a high school diploma.

The campus expects to provide the new reading materials to students toward the end of the school year.