Owensboro Public Schools reading program enhances younger student’s skills

Owensboro Public School’s reading program enhances younger student’s skills

OWENSBORO, Ky (WFIE) - The Owensboro Public School district is striving to close the early learning gap for younger students by enhancing an educational program called Footsteps2Brilliance.

The district says the program has been around for a while.

Now they’ve added a component called Clever Kids University.

It’s an online bilingual reading program that’s developing students’ literacy skills.

It also targets pre-readers, like three and four years olds so they are prepared for kindergarten.

Students can access it on any mobile device or computer.

“Once it’s downloaded at the schools, then they don’t have to have wifi. So they can do it at Walmart. They can do it at home. And they can work on all these little games that are actually teaching them how to read,” said Emily Baur, the district’s grant writer.

Officials say growing children’s reading abilities is the district’s priority.

Clever Kids University is available to children throughout the community and is free to students.

The total cost of this project is $75,000.

We’re told it was funded by the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro, the Marilyn and William Young Foundation, and the Hager Educational Foundation.

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