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L.E.A.F. receives Rapoport grant

Jan. 2, 2007

"Learning English Among Friends" (L.E.A.F.) will take some big steps forward over the next 18 months, thanks to a $61,375 grant from the Rapoport Foundation.

The L.E.A.F. program, which made its debut at the Caesar Chavez Middle School, Waco, last year has focused mainly on adult education. With this grant, however, they can begin to further develop "L.E.A.F. Kids" for pre-readers ages 3 - 6, along with a "Branching Out" curriculum for grades 1 - 5, said Dr. Rob Rogers, director of the Center for Literacy. The grant includes evaluation and community asset mapping components, as well as a stipend for a social work student to work with the program.

The full family literacy model will be offered in six middle schools within the Waco Independent School District, including Caesar Chavez, this fall.

"We're very excited to be completing the full family literacy model and expanding our program," said Rogers.