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107 NYC public schools receive $3 million for new books

Posted: 6:41 PM, Feb 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-16 19:51:49-05

NEW YORK – More than 100 public elementary schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn will receive $3 million funding to build their libraries, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced Thursday.

“This $3 million investment will help strengthen our students’ early learning by increasing access to quality, age-appropriate books and building a love of reading,” Farina said.

The money will sponsor 107 schools participating in the Universal Literacy program, according to the Department of Education . Schools in Districts 9 and 10 in the Bronx and Districts 7 and 32 in Brooklyn will be able to build and add to their Kindergarten, first and second grade school libraries.

Officials hope to have at least two-thirds of students to read proficiently by the end of second grade within six years, according to the DOE . The initiative’s goal is to also bring all second grade students to reading a grade level by 2026.

All schools in New York City districts will have the program by the end of 2018-2019 school year.