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Manchester to expand summer Ready for Success program


MANCHESTER — The summer reading and writing support program, which since 2004 has been offered to kindergartners and first-graders who attend the city’s Title 1 schools, is being expanded.

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, up to 75 incoming first-graders in the city’s non-Title 1 schools will be invited to participate in the Ready for Success program. Those schools are Green Acres, Highland-Goffe’s Falls, Jewett, Smyth, Webster and Weston.

Until this year, the Ready for Success program has focused on students in the district’s eight Title 1 schools, which receive state and federal financial assistance to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students.

All kindergarten and first grade students registering for the first time for Manchester schools take the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) assessment to determine whether they have the skills needed for success in learning to read.

The program in the Title 1 schools is expected to serve 240 students this summer.

But this year, thanks to the Bean Foundation grant, youngsters in need of assistance to prepare them for first grade who attend or will attend the city’s six non-Title 1 schools may participate in the Ready for Success program.

The grant will support four classrooms offering three hours a day of instruction, Monday through Thursday, for four weeks in July.

Registration dates

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year for kindergarten and first grade is next month. Dates for registration at individual schools is available on the Manchester School District website. There will be one evening registration session covering all schools.

For more information, look under announcements on the home page at: www.mansd.org/home.

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