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Amata welcomes $250,000 in literacy support for American Samoa DOE

Amata with students at A.P. Lutali Elementary School. [courtesy photo]

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome a $250,000 federal literacy grant for the American Samoa Department of Education.

“I welcome these funds to help our educators in American Samoa as they develop reading skills in our students,” said Aumua Amata. “High literacy skills are essential for students as they look forward to graduating and pursuing their goals.”

Specifically, this grant of $250,447 from the U.S. Department of Education is designated for the American Samoa Department of Education under the Striving Readers Comprehensive Grant Program. This program was authorized by Congress to promote literacy skills for students from beginning school through their senior year of high school, and each state and territory then created their Comprehensive Literacy Plan.

“Encouraging the next generation of readers is important work,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga, along with Netini Sene, and everyone involved at the American Samoa Department of Education on obtaining this grant for literacy efforts.”