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Lone Jack School Center recently received a $5,000 grant to promote and strengthen literacy across the community.

The Flex-Grant Program is designed by the Appalachian Regional Commission and provides small investments in short-term projects that build community capacity to mobilize local resources, gain leadership experience and strengthen community institutions and networks.

“Lone Jack hopes to support the literacy growth of all children and families in the Lone Jack Community,” said school officials in a press release.

The “Building a Bridge to Literacy Community” grant project will enable Lone Jack School Center to build upon current programs and provide literacy learning opportunities for parents, students and community members.

As the school year begins, Melanie Mills, the library media specialist, has designed many fun-filled educational events to complement the existing programs. Parent literacy meetings are scheduled for the school year and will be announced each month.

“We look forward to working with our parents, staff, students, and community leaders to establish a Lone Jack Literacy Coalition, where parents become leaders in promoting literacy across our community,” said Mills.

The Lone Jack School Center, in collaboration with parent leaders and community organizations, intends to provide resources by offering fun-filled parent and child literacy events, such as parent workshops, Strollers Rolling Reading, teacher skits, a literacy gallery and a literacy carnival in December.

Lone Jack hopes to get the community involved by inviting local leaders to read favorite children’s books and partnering to conduct other leadership opportunities. Strollers Rolling Reading encourages new mothers to bring their children in strollers to the Lone Jack Library Media Center to roll and read. Strollers Rolling Reading will take place once per month through December.

This project is funded through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant through the Kentucky Department for Local Government and administered by Brushy Fork Institute of Berea College. The funds are made available to distressed ARC counties in Kentucky for projects that are designed to build local community capacity.

More details about the project will be presented at a Back to School Fest that will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Please visit the literacy booth hosted by the Lone Jack Library Media Center.

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