School news: Sept. 17
QSD program earns federal grant
The Quincy School District was one of 16 school districts across the country selected to receive a grant focusing on building early childhood literacy.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the National Children’s Reading Foundation, which is headquartered in Kennewick, a two-year grant for $3.8 million. The reading foundation will use the grant to provide literacy and early learning initiatives to 16 high-poverty school districts and communities in 11 states across the country.
In Quincy, the local school district will receive $33,342, split over two years, said Amey Trujillo, coordinator of the district’s Parent, Family and Community Engagement Program.
The money will be used for the school district’s Ready for Kindergarten program, which provides training and tools to parents and caregivers of children 3 to 5 years old. Ready for Kindergarten classes, which are taught in both English and Spanish, are expected to start again next month, Trujillo said. Parents of children 3 to 4 years old and 4 to 5 years old can register for the classes by calling Trujillo at Mountain View Elementary School.
Money also will be used for the Read Up program, which provides free books to children so they can read at home. The Quincy program hopes to provide five to six books for every child in the kindergarten through third grades, Trujillo said.
ESL, GED classes starting in Qunicy
Classes for the Adult High School Diploma, English as a Second Language and GED preparation are offered in Quincy by Big Bend Community College this fall starting Sept. 21. Students can enroll anytime during fall quarter.
The Adult High School Diploma, or HS21+, program is a competency-based high school diploma. Instructors review transcripts and interview students to develop a graduation plan.
HS21+ and GED preparation classes will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 716 3rd Ave. S.E. Cost is $25.
ESL classes provide instruction in beginning and intermediate English language skills and American Civics. ESL classes will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
For information on adult education classes offered by BBCC in Quincy, contact Hope Candanoza at 793-2301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.