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Pgh. school board receives No Child Left Behind grant


Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program aims to improve students' reading skills the Pittsburgh Public School District has been awarded a $350,000 No Child Left Behind Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program grant to improve students' reading achievement, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced.
“One of the cornerstones of No Child Left Behind is the assurance that all children will learn to read at grade level. School libraries play a critical role in this by providing children with books and other literacy resources so that they can strengthen their reading skills and achieve at high levels,” said Secretary Spellings.
The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program provides funds to help schools improve their library media and address the reading and other literacy challenges of their students. Funds can be used to increase library holdings, improve schools' technological resources and capabilities, facilitate Internet links and other resource-sharing networks, enhance teachers' professional development opportunities and expand hours of access to library services.
The School District of Pittsburgh will use its federal grant to address the literacy needs of more than 15,250 elementary students in 53 schools throughout the district. Funded activities include acquiring new books for the libraries, providing training to the 44 library media specialists, extending library hours in all four regions of the city, and training parents to use literacy materials with students at home.
More information about the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program is available on the Web at or by contacting


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