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story.lead_photo.caption New Bloomfield Elementary School students will benefit from a literacy grant. Photo by File photo

The New Bloomfield R-3 School District is one of dozens Missouri schools chosen to benefit from a $18 million literacy grant program.

The state received the funds through the U.S. Department of Education's Comprehensive Literacy State Development program to distribute over five years.

The Missouri Department of Education chose 40 schools to receive elementary services and 40 to receive secondary services. New Bloomfield Elementary School is one of the schools that will benefit.

New Bloomfield Superintendent Sarah Wisdom said the district isn't yet sure of the details but expects the program will provide resources and benefit local families.

The goal of the CLSD program is to support educators' working knowledge of evidence-based literacy strategies to effectively teach reading and writing, according to information on the DESE website.

The program will help schools like New Bloomfield develop evidence-based literacy plans.

"Literacy serves as the foundation of all learning," education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said in a news release. "Reading by Grade 3 is critical to a child's success both in school and in life. Improving literacy is central to our agency's vision of improving lives through education."

Services schools will receive include assessments, comprehensive literacy plan development, in-classroom coaching on reading foundations instruction and professional development.

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