East York Elementary wins $49,000 grant

Alyssa Jackson
  • York Suburban's East York Elementary recently received a nearly $50,000 grant
  • The school's staff will receive additional professional development from the grant

East York Elementary School won a $49,669 grant for being in the highest performing 5 percent of Title 1 schools in the state.

The elementary school was identified as a High Progress School, meaning that the school has made progress in closing the achievement gaps on state assessments among all students and historically under-performing students, according to a news release. Schools such as East York Elementary School in York Suburban School District were encouraged to apply for either collaboration or innovative grants because of this status.

Julie Stover, reading specialist at East York Elementary, said that the school decided to apply for an innovation grant because of the innovative ways that the school has been implementing "Notice and Note," a book of reading strategies by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, in its fifth-grade classes. Stover said the school has seen an improvement in the skills of the fifth-graders using the book. 

Fifth-grade teacher Amy Mason (left), reading specialist Julie Stover and fifth-grade teacher Wendy Ross pose together. Mason and Ross are the fifth-grade teachers who implemented "Notice and Note" strategies in their classrooms, which led to the winning of a grant.

The book provides strategies in comprehension by asking students to look for certain things while reading. Part of the grant money will go toward incorporating the lessons of the book into all classes in the elementary school, Stover said. This includes professional development with a session hosted by Beers and Probst.

The grant money also will be used to purchase supplies to help implement the strategies from the book, Stover said.

"I’m extremely excited and very grateful that we have the staff that we do so that we have this opportunity," she said. "I think it will benefit our children and help them soar ahead."