The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Top News

December 19, 2012

Initiative making strong growth in city, schools

GREENVILLE — In the past year, the Greenville Independent School District was one of 30 school districts in Texas that was awarded the Texas Literacy Initiative Grant designed to increase literacy in Texas schools.

Davia Madariaga, director for the Texas Literacy Initiative Project, said the program is being put to good use.

“We have six literacy coaches through the K through 12 grades,” she said. “The role is to focus on vertical alignment of literacy activities. We are making certain that all kids are increasing literacy.”

Madariaga said the coaches act as an extra hand for teachers to research the best learning possibilities for students.

“They research the best practices for teachers and mine through data,” she said. “They act as that extra hand and extra help for teachers.”

According to Madariaga, an important aspect to the program is giving the parents tools to help their children read.

“Parents are the first and best teachers of their kids,” she said. “One of the most important things we can do is to reach out to parents to help in teaching literacy.”

Madariaga said the program has been growing and doing well since the program was initiated. Some of the growth has included working with the W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville.

“It is really nice to have the school and public library work in concert with each other,” she said. “It is bringing in the city arm and school arm to work in concert for the betterment of the citizens.”

A major part of the program, Madariaga said, is to go beyond good reading habits, but also to increase the word power of students as they get older.

“It is more than just building good reading habits,” she said. “It is to get students to understand there is literacy in everything. The more students can read and use words with fidelity, the better they will become.”

1
Text Only
Top News
  • GEUS Operations Center.jpg Saying thanks to police

    The board of the local electric utility system intends to take time tonight to thank officers with the Greenville Police Department for catching suspects who allegedly broke into the company’s headquarters last month.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Field.jpg GISD trustees approve replacing track, turf

    When the Greenville High School football team takes the field in August, they will be marching out onto new turf.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Royce Tawater.jpg Guilty pleas expected in July 2013 shootings

    A  Greenville man, sentenced to state prison earlier this year on a weapons charge, is scheduled to plead guilty today to multiple counts involving two different shootings in July 2013.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GPD stock photo.jpg Guilty plea given in child injury case

    A local woman has pleaded guilty to seriously injuring a child in Greenville in February of last year.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jefferies.jpg Bond issue questions asked, answered

    If the proposed $72.275 million Greenville Independent School District bond passes, the district will move from the third-lowest school district tax rate in Hunt County to sixth out of 11 school districts in tax rates.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Start of mall project getting closer

    Something new has been added to the property on which rests Crossroads Mall in Greenville, but it is not another store or restaurant.

    April 15, 2014

  • Painting_With_a_Twist_feature_(1).1.jpg "it gets easier and easier'

    Diagnosed with terminal cancer, with only about a month left to live, Quinlan resident Mike Loftin needed a spiritual lift, something fun and entertaining to keep his mind off of his illness.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hall votes against Ryan’s budget

    On April 10, the House of Representatives passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years without changing the tax code.

    April 15, 2014

  • Reward offered in burned cat case

    April 15, 2014

  • A&M-Commerce to host Korean Consul-General

    Texas A&M University-Commerce will host a distinguished international politician today as former ambassador and Consul-General of the Republic of Korea Suk-Bum Park visits the campus.

    April 15, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads
Poll

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Wrestling
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track and Field
Softball
Baseball
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Real Estate News