North Penn officials were applauded at a school board meeting Thursday after the announcement that the district had received a $1.17 million grant.
The federal funds, administered through the state Department of Education, will go toward improving reading for students in the district from early childhood through high school.
Saying that he is “thrilled,” Superintendent Curt Dietrich praised Assistant Superintendent Diane Holben and the team of educators that she assembled to apply for the competitive “Keystones to Opportunity” grant. North Penn and partners including North Penn United Way developed a comprehensive literacy plan that includes helping preschool children transition to kindergarten.
“This grant will go a very long way in improving the literacy of all children in the North Penn School District,” Holben said. “The need has always been there to strengthen our efforts in the area of literacy and now the funding is available as well.”