Flagler Schools Hosts Educators

Flagler Schools Hosts Educators
Posted on 06/20/2019

(The following information comes from the North East Florida Educational Consortium, of which Flagler Schools is a member)

The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence in partnership with The North East Florida Educational Consortium (NEFEC) was awarded a $50,000 Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant to support the NEFEC Literacy Initiative and summer institutes. This local grant award is part of more than $8.3 million in grants awarded to approximately 1,000 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

The NEFEC Literacy Initiative is an in-depth approach to improving reading for low-performing students. The Initiative kicks off this summer with a four-day institute that focuses on professional development for teachers and administrators in the areas of building vocabulary and academic language, text complexity, fluency and stamina with complex text, standards aligned writing, text meaning across content areas, and small group instruction. Over 500 teachers from schools in Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Flagler, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union Counties are scheduled to attend. The first Institute is being held June 24-27 at Matanzas High School in Flagler County, the second is July 22-25 at Trenton High School in Gilchrist County, and the third is July 29-August 1st at Columbia High School in Columbia County. Flagler County School District Superintendent James Tager praises this program saying, “We are pleased to host the first NEFEC Literacy Initiative academy here in Flagler County. This is an excellent opportunity to focus on literacy and high expectations for all students. We also cannot thank enough all the groups which came together to make this happen.”

Dollar General co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. His father died in an accident, and J.L. quit school so he could work on the family farm and help provide for his family. It was with this hard work and determination, that J.L. Turner went on to co-found Dollar General.

In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor. “In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. 

NEFEC is a regional, non-profit, educational service agency established in 1976 to provide cooperative services to member school districts. The mission of the Consortium is to help member districts cooperatively meet their educational goals and objectives by providing programs and services that individual districts would not be able to provide as effectively or as economically when acting alone. Member districts of the Consortium include Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, Suwannee and Union Counties as well as Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.

The Foundation for Rural Education Excellence is a 501©3 organization supporting member school districts of the North East Florida Educational Consortium. The Foundation was founded in 1998 to facilitate philanthropic support for the rural school districts served by NEFEC.

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