District re­ceives $5,000 grant

Su­per­in­ten­dent: ‘We want to ex­pose our kids to po­ten­tial ca­reers’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Laura E. Quain For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of La­bor and In­dus­try awarded a $5,000 grant to Kutz­town Area School District to be used for the de­vel­op­ment of col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness for Kutz­town stu­dents.

The Berks Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Coali­tion had awarded grant funds this sum­mer as seed money to de­velop more in­tern­ships at the high school level.

“We se­cured that and were able to ex­pand our in­tern­ship of­fers,” Kutz­town Su­per­in­ten-

dent Ge­orge Fiore re­ported to the Kutz­town School Board dur­ing their meet­ing on Sept. 5.

“This week­end, we were awarded $5,000 ad­di­tion­ally from the ca­reer readi­ness mini-grant from the De­part­ment of La­bor and In­dus­try. That [grant] will fur­ther our pro­gram of de­vel­op­ing col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness for our kids. What it re­ally means is, how are we pro­vid­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for kids to get ac­cess to col­lege and ca­reers much ear­lier?”

KASD de­vel­oped a county-wide sys­tem that will be es­tab­lished this year.

“This has be­come very large, and we’re on the front end of it,” said Fiore. “We can all agree, we want to ex­pose our kids to po­ten­tial ca­reers.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fiore, the district’s de­ci­sion to en­cour­age col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness was steps ahead of the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s re­quire­ment for bench­marks in ca­reer stan­dards to be met through­out a stu­dent’s time in the school sys­tem.

“We’re talk­ing about 75 hours by the time a stu­dent grad­u­ates, 25 hours by 5th grade, and 50 hours by 8th grade in ca­reer ex­plo­ration and the de­vel­op­ment of port­fo­lios. This is far more in­tense than what we have.”

Kutz­town stu­dents be­gan their school year on Aug. 28.

“Part of the wel­come back is some changes that we have,” said Fiore. “One is the fo­cus in el­e­men­tary school on lit­er­acy and both schools, Green­wich and Kutz­town El­e­men­tary, have in­di­vid­ual read­ing time for our stu­dents. There’s a tremen­dous amount of re­search that shows, just like with many skills, the more you do it, the bet­ter you get, es­pe­cially with read­ing. We want to cre­ate a cul­ture of read­ers at a very young age.”

Fiore said fac­ulty read with stu­dents.

In other news, af­ter 24 inches of rain de­layed the com­ple­tion of the high school’s sta­dium project, the sod in the new sta­dium has been in­stalled, with the in­stal­la­tion of the track to fol­low in the com­ing weeks.

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