Boone Co. high schools participate in Project GOAL


“Beyond the Book in Boone”

By Heather Kinder - [email protected]



BOONE COUNTY – Scott, Sherman and Van high schools are participating in Project GOAL. This program is an after school program for students who may need extra help getting their grades up.

The program starts at the beginning of September and runs through last part of May.

Scott and Sherman High School holds their Project GOAL on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Van High School holds their Project GOAL on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

Each school has a site coordinator. Scott site coordinator is Cyndi Runyan, Sherman site coordinator is Jacob Messer and Van site coordinator is Lisa Lovejoy. The Director of Project GOAL is Nancy Booth.

Each school provides an after school snack for each student. Parents are not required to pick their children up because each day school buses take the kids home.

The program is federally funded; therefore no money is being taken out of the already tight school budget.

Booth said, “This is the fourth year of a five year grant.”

Booth said, “Project GOAL identified at risk students at the three high schools and provided remedial education, tutoring and homework help, along with academic enrichment learning activities, including STEAM activities.”

According to Booth a supplemental grant was wrote for “Beyond the Book in Boone.” This program lasts for 10 weeks.

Booth said, “This grant will be used to engage students and parents alike in discovering the world of magazine literacy and the different foods from around the world.”

“Research shows that parental involvement, in almost any form, produces measurable gains in student achievement and that is something that we want to “tap into” with our students,” said Booth.

The literacy instructor for all three schools is Chelsea Price.

There are two cooking instructors for the high schools. Cyndi Runyan is the cooking instructor for both Scott and Sherman. Jaclyn Vance is the cooking instructor for Van High School.

No more than 15 students will be selected at each school to participate in “Beyond the Book in Boone.”

“This helps ensure that the participants will receive small group and individualized literacy and cooking,” said Booth.

“Each week, a different aspect of literacy will be reinforced through reading current magazines either online or in print edition,” said Booth. “Each site will have a tablet reading lab where students can explore the world of online magazines and then write about the articles that they choose.”

At the end of the program each student who has participated in seven of the 10 weeks of “Beyond the Book in Boone” will receive a free magazine subscription sent to their home.

“Beyond the Book in Boone”

By Heather Kinder

[email protected]

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.

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