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Sweet Water receives funds as Top 50 school for reading growth

Sweet Water High School was recognized Thursday, Sept. 13, for its distinction in being named one of the Top 50 Elementary Schools for Reading Success.

The Alabama Legislature set aside $1 million in the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) budget to recognize elementary schools that have shown the most improvement in last year’s statewide Scantron reading assessment for third grade. Each school receiving this recognition is among the top 50 elementary schools in Alabama for reading growth.

Sweet Water High School received a $20,000 check from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in a special recognition and awards ceremony held in Montgomery at the ALSDE Thursday, as a way to recognize the teachers and students who worked so hard to achieve this level of growth in reading.

“We are most proud of our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community at Sweet Water High School for earning such a great educational award. Hard work pays off when your desire is to be the best,” said Marengo County Schools Superintendent Luke Hallmark.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, September 15 issue of the Demopolis Times.)