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South Terrace Elementary receives literacy grant

South Terrace Elementary School in Carlton recently received a "Strengthening Families" grant from the Northland Foundation in the amount of $4,675 in support of efforts to improve early literacy among struggling students.

South Terrace Elementary School in Carlton recently received a "Strengthening Families" grant from the Northland Foundation in the amount of $4,675 in support of efforts to improve early literacy among struggling students.

According to South Terrace Principal B.J. Berg, the grant will fund the third tier of a literacy intervention program the school has been working on for the past five years. He explained that earlier tiers have involved initial instruction and classroom work with the help of Title One services. He described the third tier as a "very intensive" 14- to 18-week scripted program for first- and second-grade students who are having a difficult time with reading.

"This is one of the key components that our program has been missing along the way," said Berg, "and we are very happy and thankful to the Northland Foundation for helping to fund it."

In the second quarter of 2011, the Northland Foundation's Board of Trustees approved 39 other grants totaling $266,005 to nonprofits serving northeastern Minnesota. Berg said this is the first time the school has applied for such a grant and he was very pleased with the response.

For the past 25 years, Northland's grant-making priorities have included support for: the well-being of children, youth, and families; older adults to live with dignity and independence; and opportunities for people of all backgrounds and abilities to work toward economic stability and self-reliance.

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 A number of key grants were made to nonprofits serving people who are among society's most vulnerable such as women and families seeking protection from domestic violence, victims of human trafficking, and those at either end of the age spectrum: young children and older adults.

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