Gwinnett Braves Announce August Grant Recipient

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The Gwinnett Braves have announced the recipient of their $1,000 grant for the month of August. Reading is Essential for All People (REAP) has been awarded August’s “Back-to School” themed grant, aimed at assisting organizations that help support education.

REAP began with a public school teacher and two parents of struggling readers that wanted to improve the life skills of their children, as well as others in the community.  In 2013, REAP became an official non-profit group dedicated to improving reading proficiency through teacher training and enrichment.

The goal of REAP is to provide public school teachers with specialized training which will reinforce the fundamentals of reading. The grant will be used to help cover phase one of training for a Gwinnett County public school teacher.  Once training is complete, this teacher will be able to help over 20 students reach their reading proficiency goals.

“Reading is Essential for All People is thrilled to be the Gwinnett Braves August 2014 grant winner,” said Carla Stanford, Vice President and Director of Education. “The funds from this grant will go directly to training one public school teacher in evidence-based methodologies for reading instruction. One trained public school teacher will reach 600 readers over the course of his or her career. Thank you, Gwinnett Braves for your positive influence in our community!”

Kaitlyn Richards-Lynn is a senior at Duluth High School. She has been an active member of her school’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams for the past three years. She is also a member of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team and Student Body Vice President.

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