UGI continues its commitment to early education with a $3,000 grant to support Juniata College’s ROAR (Rural Outreach and Reading) program. This grant will go towards improving student literacy rates as well as provide additional teacher education and training in elementary schools throughout the Huntingdon Area School District in Huntingdon County.
Established in 2012 as a collaborative effort between Juniata College and a rural elementary school district with more than 50% of students living in low socio-economic status, ROAR aims to improve literacy achievement as well as to improve pre-service teachers’ training to work with struggling readers, so that they can better identify students with reading disabilities and create effective learning opportunities.
To participate in ROAR, students in grades one through four who meet enrollment requirements are nominated by their teachers. Parents also have the option to nominate their children for program participation. Participants receive approximately 75 hours intensive remedial instruction in literacy and communication skills throughout the school year.
UGI believes early childhood education literacy is the first step in economic and workforce development. In 2016, UGI donated more than $1 million in education grants to education agencies and programs across Pennsylvania to improve literary and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning for students throughout the UGI service territory. By supporting programs such as Juniata College’s ROAR program, UGI is helping to build the next generation of innovators, educators, employees, and customers.