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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), along with state and local sources, has awarded $1,000,000 to the Save The Children Foundation for the Kentucky Rural Literacy Program. It is estimated that 1,500 children throughout southern and eastern Kentucky will receive supplemental literacy services through this grant.
“Reading is a key building block to educational and life success,” said Rogers. “Encouraging our young people to perform to the best of their academic abilities, and providing them with the resources they need to succeed, is critical to improving our communities. By giving our children, our region’s most precious asset, a strong foundation and special attention in reading and writing, we are creating hope for all of southern and eastern Kentucky and these funds will allow many of our children to get back on board and achieve their educational goals. Once again, ARC, in conjunction with valuable partners, is leading the way in education.”

ARC will award $500,000 to The Save the Children Foundation for the Kentucky Rural Literacy Program. This funding is supplemented with $482,700 from state sources and $17,300 from local sources brining the total project funding to $1,000,000. The literacy program provides students who struggle with reading in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade a highly structured reading curriculum. The program consists of afterschool activities, summer activities, and in-school support. The hallmark of the program is a daily 60 minute “Literacy Block,” which includes guided independent reading practice, fluency building support, and reading aloud. Staff works with small groups of students so that they can address phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit