WESTMORLAND — The Westmorland Union Elementary School District has received funding for literacy programs for students.
During Tuesday's school board meeting, trustees voted unanimously to establish the $16,491 grant for literacy programs.
The school site block grant comes from the California Department of Education and was awarded earlier this year.
"Our goal as a school is that every child be a reader by the third grade and reality is that there are still some students that are not," said Westmorland Union Elementary School Principal Linda Morse.
The amount the school received was based on average daily attendance.
Morse said having the grant designated for literacy gives the school flexibility to purchase books, literacy computer software and expand the Accelerated Reading program and other reading programs.
"Having these additional funds to expand the programs are definitely needed," said Morse.
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