The Harlem Heights Community Charter School in Fort Myers has received a $500 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities, which the school will use for its student lending library.
The school, which serves children in kindergarten through third grade, will use the grant money to give students an opportunity to access more books and enhance their reading skills.
“Reading outside of school not only improves reading skills, it improves comprehension, concentration, knowledge base and vocabulary,” Deb Mathinos, Harlem Heights Community Charter School Director, said in a statement. “Unfortunately many of our students do not have access to books at home. This grant by Publix Super Markets Charities will give our students the opportunity to grow their reading skills. We are grateful for their support.”
Harlem Heights Community Charter School features a diverse student population from the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers, a community that has a poverty rate that is twice the county average, according to the school. The school is supported by The Heights Foundation and has programs that are researched-based and apply a multi-faceted approach to student education.
Publix Super Markets Charities works to support nonprofit organizations that focus on youth, education, reducing hunger and to put an end to homelessness in the Southeast.