Kansas Reading Roadmap honors State Senator at Southeast Elementary in Weir

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WEIR – The Kansas Reading Roadmap presented its 2016 State Education Champion Award to State Senator Jacob LaTurner today for his support of the KRR and its comprehensive, two-generation approach to promoting early child literacy. Over 150 students gathered for the award ceremony on the first day of school for Southeast Elementary in Weir. Southeast second graders Rayanna Lindsey and Solomon Scott presented the award to LaTurner.

“I’m very honored to receive this award,” said LaTurner. “Any time you bring teachers and families together to focus on students’ achievement, you’re going to see great results. My commitment is to make sure that this program continues and that we fund it properly.”

LaTurner spoke directly to the children about his own youth, working at Simone’s Grocery Store in Weir. He emphasized the importance of early literacy and his strong support for the nine programs within his district–Baxter Springs, Chetopa, Columbus, all four elementary schools in Pittsburg, and of course, Southeast Elementary in Weir.

Also in attendance was Daniel Klucas, Interim Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department for Children and Families. Klucas said, “The Kansas Department of Children and Families is proud to provide the funding for this grant which has brought over a million dollars annually to Southeast Kansas schools.”

Southeast Elementary Principal Tammie Hall acted as the master of ceremonies at the assembly and also spoke about her role in “getting the program off of the ground.”

After receiving the award at an all-school assembly, the Senator and members of the Department for Children and Families toured the school facility along with Principal Hall.

There are four parts to the Reading Roadmap: First, principals and teachers are trained in using the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) program. Second, an eight-week family engagement program provides meals, literacy information and social support to children and their families. Third, the KRR afterschool program extends the school day to provide additional targeted reading practice, along with providing free after school care for parents. Lastly a fun summer session gives students an exciting way to maintain their skills over the summer break.

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