Elba Elementary School National Recognition

At a National Education Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, a small Wiregrass school received high marks from teachers and administrators nationwide.

Elba Elementary is about to begin its third-year as an Alabama first reading initiative school.

A federally-funded program geared toward rural schools with a high student per capita poverty rate.

In just one year, Elba students increased their per grade reading comprehension from 68-to-81 percent an astronomical increase according to teachers and administrators nationwide.

Elba Elementary Curriculum Supervisor Gina Price says, "The commitment among faculty is one-hundred percent for the first reading initiative and the hard work of the teachers and the students that they have put fourth."

This means an additional $200,000 in federal money to help implement the program for Elba Elementary.