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Scripps Howard Foundation awards Princeton City School District $100K for mobile reading program

Posted: 10:54 AM, Apr 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-14 10:54:01-04

CINCINNATI -- Princeton City School District won a $100,000 grant for its mobile book center Wednesday.  

Scripps Howard, WCPO’s parent company, gave grants to three organizations that promote literacy in Greater Cincinnati at the 64th Scripps Howard Awards Wednesday night at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

In partnership with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Duke Energy, Scripps also awarded Dayton Independent School District and The Children's Home of Cincinnati $25,000 grants for their literacy programs.

Princeton City Schools will use the grant for its year-round mobile book center. The book center brings books and tutoring to those who need them, and it enables families to borrow and access materials and technology they might not have at home.

Dayton Independent Schools will fund its “Readers are Leaders” program and provide free reading training to the caregivers of young children in Dayton, Kentucky. The school district also plans to host an early childhood literacy night to create bonds between parents, children and teachers.

The Children’s Home of Cincinnati will use the funds for its SPARK (Support Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) program. SPARK provides monthly home visits to the parents of young children and supplies them with age-appropriate books, art supplies and activity cards to help families engage with their reading materials.

Scripps selected the three finalists from a pool of 14 initial applicants.