The Morgan County Charter School System (MCCSS) announced Monday that the system has been awarded a more than $650,000 grant to be used over the next three years for literacy initiatives for children from birth through the age of 18.

Assistant Superintendent of schools Susan Tolbert made the announcement at the monthly Morgan County Board of Education meeting.

The grant, according to Tolbert, will be used to fulfill a comprehensive needs assessment for literacy utilizing a community-wide approach with community partners such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Ferst Foundation and other groups involved with literacy growth.

“We are excited about the possibilities this money represents to increase literacy in Morgan County,” Tolbert said Monday.

In a press release issued by the system prior to the announcement, Tolbert said, “We are so excited to have these funds to supplement our literacy instruction. We are eager to continue to build a literacy-rich community for all children in Morgan County and we appreciate such strong community support for learning.”

The MCCSS Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA) grant will be divided through four groups. Birth though age 5-years-old will receive $132,625 over three years; elementary aged students will receive $313,956 over the same time period; middle school aged children will be supported with $1110,501 and high school aged children will receive $128,269 for a total of $685,351 over three years. The money, Tolbert said, will be spent in part on training teachers and community instructors in ways to improve literacy in the county. The grant must be spent by June 30, 2024.

Community needs were identified by a large team of community, higher education partners, teachers and leaders.

Morgan County Charter School System Superintendent Dr. Virgil Cole said in the press release that, “This is really super news and a big boost for our community now and in the future.”

Tolbert said Monday night that the funds will spark dramatic change in learning in Morgan County.

“It’s life changing,” she said.

“I know the difference it can make in a kid’s life. A more literate community is a more equitable community because knowledge is power.”

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