Riverbend Elementary receives two large grants

Nov 15, 2013
Mrs. Amy Savage & 2nd grade student, Zavith Owen

Riverbend Elementary showed off their brand new SMART boards to Kiwanis Club members who made the purchase of six SMART boards possible with their generous grant of $9,000 last May.

Sam Crain, vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, was one of several members who attended Riverbend’s “Tour de Boards” Tuesday, Nov. 5. The members visited each classroom that had received a SMART board and witnessed just a sampling of what these students and teachers can do with the addition of this teaching tool to their classroom. The “tour” culminated with a celebratory cake in the media center, where staff members stopped in to express their gratitude to the Kiwanis members.

Additionally, Riverbend recently received a $2,000 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will support the HEART (Helping Everyone Achieve Reading Target) program that serves beginning and struggling readers.

The HEART program is designed to supplement the current reading instruction provided by the classroom teacher. It will be implemented by Riverbend's Title 1 Reading Specialist that serves beginning and struggling readers. The Dollar General grant has allowed Riverbend to purchase and utilize the research-based Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) system produced by Fountas and Pinnell, one of the front runners in literacy instruction and intervention. Through the HEART program, new and struggling readers will work in small groups on supplemental literacy lessons designed to target their specific needs. The LLI system provides the instructor with intervention strategies and engaging leveled books to expand the students’ knowledge and ability level.