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Elm Creek Elementary Expanding Literacy Programming After Receiving Campbell’s Award

Feb 07, 2017 12:47PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Literacy intervention offerings and field trips at Elm Creek Elementary in Maple Grove will be receiving a financial boost after the school won a $10,000 prize from Campbell's Soup Company. 

Members of Elm Creek's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) entered the school in Campbell’s Grand Stand for Schools contest last fall in an effort to win one of the $10,000 prizes. In January, Elm Creek was announced as one of the nationwide winners.

Some of the funds will be used to pay for classroom field trips, according to a press release from District 279, more than one-third was dedicated to assisting with literacy intervention offerings at the school. To provide additional reading support to students, Elm Creek Elementary has used literacy intervention kits. The program has been available to younger students in the school, but the literacy kits were too expensive to purchase. 

Emily Davis, school psychologist at Elm Creek, said the kits can cost up to $5,000 each, according to the press release. 

“Having that bank of interventions is really important because if something doesn’t work, we want to try a few other sources to see if we can increase those [students’] reading skills,” Davis said.

Elm Creek Elementary is one of four Minnesota schools to receive the award from Campbell’s

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