Bethany’s Education Department Receives Grant to Help
Promote Family Literacy

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College’s Education Department was awarded a $4,100 Leaders of Literacy Grant from the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA 6). This grant will help fund a variety of services to promote family literacy initiatives in West Virginia.

Dr. Sherri Theaker, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Bethany’s Education Department, and CAEP Coordinator, and Professor Angela Icard, Assistant Professor of Reading Education, worked with RESA 6 to collaborate with ideas on how to enhance family engagement and guide students to become life-long learners.  

The grant will help fund many activities that Theaker and Icard designed. This includes creating a family literacy workshop at an area elementary school, as well as having more than 100 elementary students visit Bethany’s Hurl Education Center and participate in digital literacy activities developed by Bethany’s teacher candidates in December of this year.

The grant will also provide books for the October Boomer’s Book Club, as well as materials to host a booth at the annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival. 

“We are very excited to be able to offer these services to not only our local area, but to the state of West Virginia,” said Theaker. “By promoting family literacy initiatives, we are supporting students and families to become proficient life-long readers.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.