Title: AU joins partners to improve K-3 reading skills
Anderson University will be the recipient of a $4.8 million grant designed to improve the reading skills of kindergarten to third grade students in Madison County schools. The grant resulted from a county-wide alliance of organizations, coordinated by the Madison County Community Foundation, seeking funding from a statewide program called CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education). The CAPE grant, supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., is a vehicle to address the compelling educational needs in each county across the State of Indiana.
“The university looks forward to working in partnership with the Madison County Community Foundation to administer this three-year grant that will have a life changing impact on many families in Madison County,” said Ron Moore, senior vice president at Anderson University. “The university is grateful to Lilly Endowment for their support of important educational initiatives across the State of Indiana.”
With the endorsement of the Madison County Community Foundation, the funds will be used to implement two programs targeting 12 elementary schools within the county that would benefit most. The first program will provide elementary students in grades K-3 with intensive reading instruction and support. The second program will train a select group of parents to promote and train other parents about the importance of parent-child reading at home. Expectations are that many more third grade students will reach or exceed the Indiana reading standards and that many more parents will read with their children.
“If a child cannot read by third grade, they begin losing grasp, so we have to make sure our children are reading at third grade and they have an opportunity for success beyond that,” said Jeanne Lee, executive director of the Madison County Community Foundation. “We are blessed to have Lilly Endowment in the state of Indiana. They are not looking at Indiana with rose-colored glasses; they are looking at it with very clear eyesight and they understand that we need to address areas that improve the quality of life here. Education is the key to the quality of life.”
Anderson University will have direct involvement with the program involving parents. The Leadership Academy of Madison County located on the AU campus will implement this specific element entitled ICARE (Improving Children’s Achievement through Reading and Education). In addition, the institution has agreed to be the official grant recipient with program implementation being facilitated through the Madison County Community Foundation.
Madison County Partners who made the CAPE grant possible include: Alexandria Community School Corporation, Anderson Community School Corporation, Elwood Community School Corporation, South Madison Community School Corporation, Frankton-Lapel Community Schools, Anderson University, the Leadership Academy of Madison County, and the Madison County Community Foundation.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education and theology.