(10-17-22) Celina City Schools is pleased to announce their receipt of $200,000 from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), via the Reaching All Students Through Language and Literacy sub-grant.The district applied earlier this Fall for the grant.

From ODE:

“The application submitted by Celina City has completed the Grant Application Approval Process. The Ohio Department of Education (“Department”) is pleased to announce that your organization has been selected to receive a grant. The Department is looking forward to the important work your site will be undertaking to accelerate literacy achievement. This initiative to support Ohio’s students is a key part of Future Forward Ohio, the state’s strategic priorities to help students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on students who experienced the greatest disruptions to learning.”

The district will utilize the funds to enhance their existing kindergarten through sixth grade (K-6) literacy program, which features the current implementation of Amplify (curriculum and resources) and LETRS (theory and assessments) programs with staff. A direct emphasis includes monitoring student growth and achievement in literacy, especially with our vulnerable student populations. These funds will be used during the 22-23 and 23-24 school years.

Special thanks to the Celina Board of Education for their continued support and the literacy coaches, teachers, and principals at the K-6 buildings who offered their expertise and support of the grant writing and ongoing literacy programs.

Core Grant Team members

  • Vaughn Ray (Curriculum Director at Celina City Schools and Project Lead)
  • Jenna Hodge (Principal at Celina Intermediate School)
  • Sarah Van Tilburg (Literacy Coach at Celina City Schools)
  • Hannah Schwieterman (3rd Grade Teacher at Celina Elementary School)
  • Cherie Smith (State Support Team 6 Consultant)