SOSD received an Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant in 2018 for a 3 year project.  The purpose of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program is to support high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need LEAs and schools. With this funding,  The U.S. Department of Education aids to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that:  (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during well-child visits, medical providers trained in research-based methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally appropriate books and recommendations to parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency.

With this funding, SOCSD has had the ability to provide books to children ages birth and up, pay for Dolly Parton Subscription postage for children in our community, provide resources for the libraries such as books and updated furniture as well as assist with technology purchases and professional development.  This funding has allowed us the ability to transition our libraries into 21st Century Media Centers.   


Susan Barlow, Reading 2 Succeed Project Manager

For more information about the Discovery Center's Reading 2 Succeed program, please contact:

Susan Barlow
Project Manager