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Company's gift to help improve reading

June 13, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Chambersburg, Pa. - A literacy program in Chambersburg Area School District elementary schools will be the beneficiary of a $378,000 grant from Summit Health announced at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

The gift will be used to purchase "Academy of Reading" software for Project Read, which will be implemented in all 18 elementary schools, according to Assistant Superintendent Eric Michael.

"Our goal is to have every child reading at grade level," Michael said. "'Academy of Reading' software assists teachers in addressing the needs of students who are not reading at grade level."

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At its May 14 meeting, the board approved the financing of technology upgrades at 11 of the elementary schools. Seven of the schools already have up-to-date systems, according to Michael.

That will cost approximately $826,000, about half of which will be for new wiring and fiber optics at the schools and the other half for computer hardware. The technology upgrades are being done this summer, and will be paid for out of a $12.7 million bond issue the district approved May 14. The bond issue also includes money for major renovations at the high school.

The board of directors of Summit Health has agreed to give the district $20,000 to pay startup costs for instructional and lab materials for a health-care related course in anatomy and physiology that is part of the district's career-oriented Educational Pathways program.

"Educational Pathways is an approach that prepares our students for career choices," Michael said. One of those pathways is health and human services.

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