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Congressman Boyle Announces Federal Grant Award for School District of Philadelphia

September 21, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) today announced a $750,000 U.S. Department of Education Grant for the School District of Philadelphia. 

“In our ever-changing technological landscape, students, parents and educators need access to the latest in educational technology.   It is imperative that our students and parents stay compeititive and up-to-date in the digital education arena,” said Congressman Boyle.  The Congressman is a strong supporter of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program and is constantly fighting to protect its annual funding.  “Grants like this are essential to adequately supporting our educators and families.”

The federal award, part of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program, will enable the School District to provide high-quality early literacy activities, both inside the classroom and at the local public library. These activities will incorporate print and online reading materials created for students in grades K-3, and provide critical opportunities for parent engagement in reading at schools and public libraries.

The grant will also enable classroom teachers and public librarians to collaborate on literacy activities to ensure that the resources of the public library are in regular use by young students. Through the introduction of tablets, students and their families will be able to reserve books from any FLP branch, and even chat directly with a local librarian.