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Read with Me 2017

iQ Awards $12,000 to 33 Southwest Washington Schools


$12,000 Awarded to 33 Southwest Washington Schools

VANCOUVER, Wash. – iQ Credit Union has awarded $12,000 in Read With Me and Literacy program grants to promote reading and put books in the hands of elementary, middle and high school students. Fifty-eight teachers in 33 individual schools received the 2017 grants, which will benefit more than 1,400 students.

“Reading is the foundation of all aspects of learning,” said Kelly Schrader, President/CEO. “The Read With Me program was started to distribute books to children through their classroom programs. In many cases, this is the first book that a child may own. The Literacy Grants were added to build onto this program, to fund inspired reading ideas that engage students at the middle and high school level.”

Read With Me takes applications from teachers and administrators looking to expand their reading programs. Established in 1996, the program has provided more than $78,000 in grants for thousands of books for local school children. School districts receiving 2017 Read with Me and Literacy Grants include: Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Woodland and Washougal.