By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 15, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Valdosta City Schools is getting a boost to help brighten students' futures.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Pinevale Elementary School on Tuesday and awarded the district the Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia grant.
The state received more than $61.5 million through the federal Striving Readers grant competition, distributed between 38 districts across the state.
Valdosta City Schools is receiving a total of nearly $3 million over the next three years. That money will be used to help give kids even more tools to succeed in life.
"The main focus is on reading. I think in trying to get their kids up to grade level, especially by third grade, is a top priority, but also looking at expanding what they can do to make sure that all kids are reading at grade level as they move throughout the K-12 system," Woods said.
The state superintendent said the schools will serve as creative examples, hoping to spur success that can be carried to all schools across the state.
"If a child can read well, write well, speak well, then their opportunities are endless. We definitely want to make sure that, as they pursue those infinite possibilities in the future, they have all the skills necessary to be successful," said Dr. Todd Cason, Superintendent for Valdosta City Schools.
Dr. Cason said part of that money will go towards literary assessment programs, as well as other books and materials to increase learning both at home and in the classroom.
Thomasville City Schools, Thomas County Schools and Brooks County Schools are also among the 38 recipient districts.