Senator Parker Griffith presented $84,000 in Community Service Grant Award funding to forty two local school libraries today. Griffith distributed the grant awards to principals and librarians from each of these schools at the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library, which also received $5000 to help with the Bookmobile that is used in the community. Dr. Griffith secured $2,000 for each school to purchase books and materials to strengthen student reading skills and improve student achievement. In the state senate, Dr. Griffith has made early childhood education one of his top priorities and believes it is important to continue investing resources in early childhood education and reading programs.
"Reading skills and early childhood education is the key to improving the lives of Alabama's children," said Griffith. "We need to reach these children early and give them the basic reading skills they must have to succeed in school and in life," Griffith continued. " I hope that these funds will help our teachers and librarians buy the tools and materials they need to reinforce these basic skills" Senator Griffith concluded, "Every child is an opportunity for us to shape the future of this state. We need to continue investing in that future."
The following is a list of Huntsville City Schools' receiving grants: Jones Valley Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Martin Luther King Elementary, McDonnell Elementary, Monte Sano Elementary, Montview Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary, Rolling Hills, Stone Middle, Terry Heights Elementary, University Place Elementary, West Huntsville Elementary, West Mastin Lake Elementary, Blossomwood Elementary, Chaffee Elementary, Chapman Elementary, East Clinton Elementary, Hampton Cove Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Morris Elementary, Huntsville Middle, Davis Hills Middle, Ed White Middle, Chapman Middle, Hampton Cove Middle, Westlawn Middle, Grissom High, Johnson High, Lee High, Butler High, Huntsville High, Academy for Science & Foreign Language, Academy for Academics & Arts.
The following is a list of Madison County Schools' receiving grants: Hazel Green Elementary, Mt. Carmel Elementary, Lynn Fanning Elementary, Central Elementary, Riverton Middle, Meridianville Middle, Hazel Green High, and Buckhorn High.
Dr. Griffith taught 7th grade math before attending medical school and still volunteers his time in our local public schools reading and lecturing in biology and health classes. In addition to his work in the State Senate, Parker Griffith continues to support local teachers and classrooms through the Griffith Family Foundation which has awarded 205 grants to classroom teachers in Madison County.