GSCSS awarded $10,000 grant for literacy


All Griffin-Spalding County ninth-grade students, as well as all A.Z. Kelsey Academy students, will be receiving two books as part of a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta initiative.

The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) was selected to receive this $10,000 grant from over 300 grant proposals.

This grant will fund the Free Reading Enrichment for Students at Home, or FRESH program, supports the independent reading portion of the Balanced Literacy program.

Students will select two books from more than 60 being offered. Those choices can be found at

Participating students will be asked to use Notice and Note analytical questions to write responses to the books and will have an opportunity for online discussion space through Instagram and Google Classroom.

“We realize that the pandemic has decreased access to books for students and very few free resources exist for teens to read beyond social media. So, we’re grateful for this generous donation and investment in our students’ rich and diverse literacy experiences,” said GSCSS K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator Shervette Miller-Payton.

Students will pick up their books at their school on designated dates during the week of Aug. 10-14.

For additional information on the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta visit

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