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McRae Third Grade Recieves Literacy Grant from Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Distribution Center #6018 values the importance of education and often assists schools within the Searcy School District through volunteer activities, grants, and teacher rewards. 

McRae Elementary School third grade teacher Kristi Smith applied through the Wal-Mart Foundation Community Grant Program for a $2400 educational grant and was awarded the funds to purchase literacy comprehension kits and leveled readers for third grade classrooms. Smith remarks of the receipt of the grant, “I am grateful McRae received this grant from Walmart 6018 because the kit is truly aligned to Common Core State Standards and will help enable students to transfer their comprehension skills to a variety of real-world tasks.  It's one more valuable resource that I can use to make sure I'm doing everything possible for my students' education.”

The comprehension kits integrate technology and use multiple texts (fiction and non-fiction) organized by comprehension skills.  The books may be a variety of text types such as narrative, description, procedure, recount, argument, informative reports, explanation, literary recount, discussion, and poetry.  The technology aspect of the kit includes read-along audio, downloadable pdf worksheets, recording features, discussion notes/questions, and video clips and internet links.

These kits are extraordinarily beneficial because they differentiate instruction for all levels of learners and can be both teacher led and student navigated.  Searcy School District thanks Wal-Mart Distribution Center #6018 for its commitment to our students and especially for the gracious donation that will provide an additional educational resource for our students and teachers.