3 elementary schools in Chatham County receiving funding for smART literacy program

3 Savannah-Chatham schools receive art literacy grant

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Three Savannah-Chatham elementary schools are getting federal funding for a new smART literacy program.

Garrison School for the Arts, Heard Elementary School and Marshpoint Elementary School will receive nearly $2.3 million to use the arts to help kids read and write.

Atlanta-based ArtsNow Learning is one of just 22 organizations across the country to receive the grant, and President and CEO Pamela Walker selected Savannah-Chatham schools to receive it. She hopes using creative ways of teaching helps Kindergarten-5th Grade students become better learners.

“Kids can take risks, and they can be more confident and creative in what they’re doing," Walker said. “At the end of the day, they become better students because they’re more engaged in the learning process. They’re more excited to come to school."

The grant also allows special coaching for a core group of teachers who will then spread the skills to schools across the district. The grant lasts four years.

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