Delta County Joint School District is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act. Funds will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries to support the Colorado Academic Standards, which encourage reading by students in a variety of genres and subjects.
The school district has received this grant for the past four years with varying amounts of support. In 2013-14, third grade classrooms at both Garnet Mesa and Lincoln Elementary were supported. In 2014-15, the first grade team at Hotchkiss K-8 used the money; last year, the fifth grade class at Cedaredge Elementary was the recipient. This year the money has been awarded to Paonia Elementary. The grade level(s) have not yet been determined.
The State Grants to Libraries was funded by the Colorado Legislature to help increase access to early literacy and educational materials. This non-competitive program administered by the Colorado State Library funded a combined total of 315 public libraries, academic libraries and school districts this 2016-17 fiscal year.
This grant funding comes at an opportune time for Delta County elementary schools in supporting the academic standards, which encourage reading particularly of nonfiction materials for Delta County's youngest students. Research shows that wide reading on a variety of subjects is key to a student's reading success. These extra resources are crucial in times of budget crunches and changes in the demographic makeup of schools to get books into the hands of students.