Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has received a $50,000 grant from the Marion F. Green Education Fund managed by The Chicago Community Trust.

With this funding, District 65 will continue the expanded reading fluency program at Kingsley and Washington Elementary Schools, which combined serve nearly 800 students.

Superintendent Dr. Hardy Murphy said the school district “appreciates the thoughtful generosity” represented by the grant.

“Even in this age of technology, reading is the single most important skill children need to succeed.  The extra literacy support for Kingsley and Washington students creates opportunities that will enrich their lives,” Murphy said.

He said the Marion F. Green Education Fund has supported early literacy efforts for the district’s children for several years and has been a factor in improving its state test scores.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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