Barren County Schools Technology Grants

The Barren County School District is making strides when it comes to literacy.

The Barren County School District recently received a grant from the Alline Reneau Trust Fund for Handicapped Children.

The money was used to purchase 24 computers to be used at elementary schools across the district.

"We were able to put those in our Literacy Labs to help our students who are struggling with their reading, their communication, their literacy skills," said Mark Wallace, the director of Special Programs.

Many of the programs, like Earobics, which is software for students with disabilities, act as a game.

"This particular program is used to help students work through making individual letter sounds, phonemic, or phonological sounds that are involved in reading and speaking," Wallace said.

With technology being so prominent in today's society, the students are able to use the programs to work on their individual needs at their own pace.

"Sometimes they can work through those skills maybe that they're lacking there at the computer versus being in a large group of students," Wallace said.

The students can also monitor their progress. Those with the school district say the students then feel a sense of accomplishment when their skills improve.

The Barren County School District also recently received a Read To Achieve grant from the state.

This is an intervention program that helps students with reading, writing and communication skills.

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