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Reading and Rewards at Collins Elementary

HOUGHTON LAKE – Thirty students from Collins Elementary School were given the opportunity to work with a special reading program, thanks to a grant from the Roscommon County Community Foundation. Funding was awarded from the Houghton Lake Educational Foundation Fund ($700), and the Alexa A. Luck Memorial Fund ($500).

Lexia Reading Lab

The Lexia Reading Lab is a licensed program that is used to ‘increase phonics capabilities and increase reading comprehension,’ according to Jan Morganstern, teacher at Collins Elementary. ‘Each student is able to work at their own level and at their own pace on the specific reading skills that they lack.’

RCCF provided funding to purchase thirty licenses for students in the third and fourth grades at Houghton Lake Schools. Students began using the program in early March and have been enjoying it immensely.

‘It’s challenging, but it is fun and I know I’m learning,’ Lexia Lab student, Cam’ren Brown told RCCF Executive Director, Suzanne Luck.

Programming will continue in the 2016-17 school year.

Pathways to Potential

RCCF also provided a $297.52 grant to Houghton Lake Community Schools to assist with expenses associated with their Pathways to Potential program. Grant funding was provided by the Houghton Lake Educational Foundation Fund.

For the past two years, Collins Elementary School has participated in the Pathways to Potential Anti-Truancy Program through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

‘Rewards are given in the form of ‘Brag Tags’ to K-3rd grade students at the beginning of each month for perfect attendance during the previous month,’ said project coordinator, Shad Fish.

Grant Funding was used to purchase the ‘Brag Tags,’ necklaces announcing the student’ perfect attendance.

‘Students are always very excited when they receive their Brag Tags. Many students do not want to miss school, which has reduced the overall number of student absences,’ states Fish.

For more information on the Roscommon County Community Foundation, please contact them at 989-275-3112, by e-mail at info@MyRCCF.org or visit our website at www.MyRCCF.org


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